Aybala Simsek
Executive Vice PresidentSekerbank
Aybala Şimşek holds an MBA degree from the Faculty of Business Administration at Bilgi University and a Bachelor’s from the Faculty of Communication at Ankara University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program. After beginning her career in 1999 by editing and hosting news tv programmes, Şimşek was appointed as Department Head at Şekerbank T.A.Ş. in March 2007 and in 2013 she was promoted to Group Head of Strategy. In 2015, she also became responsible for the Sustainable Development Banking Department, which includes the Microfinance programme. Appointed as Executive Vice President in April 2016, Şimşek’s areas of responsibility have gradually expanded and she now oversees Şekerbank’s Strategy, Human Resources & Organization, Marketing & Risk Analytics, Sustainable Development Banking, Process Development, Digital Banking, Distribution Channels, and Corporate Communications Departments. She is also a board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Turkey (Partner of WBCSD) and leads the Sustainable Finance Working Group and annual summit. Şimşek has also undertaken the leadership of Şekerbank’s Digital Transformation Program since June 2018.