Appointments in Sabancı Holding Building Materials Group



There have been key positional changes within the Sabancı Holding Building Materials group. Following the departure of the former CEO of Çimsa, Ülkü Özcan, the current CEO of Akçansa, Umut Zenar, has been made the new Çimsa CEO. Mehmet Zeki Kanadıkırık, who was serving as the Deputy General Manager of the Asia-Pacific region of Kordsa, has been appointed as the new CEO of Akçansa, which is a joint venture of Sabancı Holding and HeidelbergCement.

Zenar and Kanadıkırık will assume their new posts September 1, 2020.

Dr. Tamer Saka, President of the Sabancı Holding Building Materials Group, made the following comment on the developments: “We thank Ülkü Özcan, who has served as the Çimsa CEO since 2018, for the contributions she made to our company. Her post will be taken up by Umut Zenar, who has carried out various responsibilities in our Group with success and was most recently the CEO of Akçansa. The new CEO of Akçansa, which is a joint venture of Sabancı Holding and HeidelbergCement, will be Mehmet Zeki Kanadıkırık, who has also served in different companies in our Group and was most recently the Deputy General Manager of the Asia-Pacific region of Kordsa. I wish Umut Zenar and Mehmet Zeki Kanadıkırık the best of luck in their new positions, and would like to express my wholehearted believe that Akçansa and Çimsa, which are leading companies in their sectors, will reach even higher goals through the leadership of our two new directors.


Umut Zenar graduated from Boğaziçi University with a BA in Political Science and International Relations and went on to complete an Executive MBA at the same university. He began his professional career May 2003 as a Business Development Specialist at Zorlu Holding. Having joined the Sabancı Group in December 2004, Umut Zenar worked in Akçansa in several positions until 2016, including (in order) Sales and Marketing Specialist, Director of Marketing and Sales Planning, Strategy and Business Development and Marketing Manager, Strategy, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Deputy General Manager in charge of Sales and Marketing, and CEO of Akçansa. Later, Umut Zenar served as the General Coordinator of the Cement, Concrete, and Paper Group at OYAK between December2016 and June 2018. He resumed his career in the Sabancı Group as the CEO of Akçansa in July 2018. 


Zeki Kanadıkırık received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1987. He later completed the INSEAD TGM program in 2011. Having started his professional career at Çukurova Imports in 1987, Kanadıkırık served in various positions at Brisa between 1989 and 1995, and at Lubrekip between 1995 and 1998. In the years 1998-2003, he continued his career first at DUSA as a project engineer and later at Kordsa as the Polymer Production and Auxiliary Operations Manager, and then worked at Tekstil Servis between 2003 and 2006. Kanadıkırık was appointed in 2006 as the Line 1 Production Manager at Kordsa Turkey, and became the Manufacturing Director in the same company between 2009 and 2010. He was appointed as the Operations Director of Thai Indo Kordsa, and has been the Kordsa Asia Pacific Region Chief Operating Officer since 2015.