Güler Sabancı is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding, the parent company of the Sabancı Group, Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate.
A graduate of Bogazici University, Faculty of Business Administration, Güler Sabancı started her career at LASSA, Sabancı Group’s tire production company, in 1978. In 1985, she was appointed General Manager of KORDSA, the Group’s tire cord production company. In 1997, she assumed the office of President of Sabancı Holding’s Tire and Tire Reinforcement Materials Group. Güler Sabancı was elected to her current post in May 2004 after Sakip Sabancı passed away.
Güler Sabancı holds many offices. She is the Founding President of Sabancı University and has been presiding over the Board of Trustees since its establishment in 1996. She also acts as the Chairman of the Sakip Sabancı Museum. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, which supports the social development of Turkey through various programs since its establishment in 1974.
Güler Sabancı is the first female member of TUSIAD, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, as well as the first and only female member of European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). Güler Sabancı also sits on the United Nations Global Compact Board, International Business Council of WEF as the only Turkish member and the External Advisory Board of MIT Energy Initiative.
In 2011, Güler Sabancı was named 2nd on the Financial Times’ list of the Top 50 Women in World Business. Also in 2015, Ms. Sabancı ranked 4th on the list of the Most Powerful Womenin the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region prepared by Fortune magazine.
Güler Sabancı has been granted many awards for her excellence in business and social responsibility:
- In June 2006, Ms. Sabancı was granted an Honorary Doctorate by the prestigious Drexel University in the United States.
- In November 2007, President of the Belgian Senate, Armand de Decker, awarded Ms. Sabancı with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Leopold II for her extraordinary contributions to economic relations between Turkey and Belgium.
- In 2007, Ms. Sabancı received an Institutional Partnership Award from the American Turkish Society.
- In May 2009, Ms. Sabancı was awarded the Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by a jury headed by Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Javier Solana, for implementing social responsibility initiatives that make a positive difference in people’s lives.
- In 2009, Ms. Sabancı was awarded the Encomienda De Numero, the highest merit order of Spain, by King Juan Carlos I for her contributions to the relations between Turkey and Spain.
- In April 2010, Ms. Sabancı was awarded the Silbernes Ehrenkreuz der Republik Österreich, the highest state order of Austria, for her social involvement, extraordinary achievement in business, and pioneering work.
- In June 2010, Ms. Sabancı was awarded the Legion d'honneur, the highest state order of France.
- In May 2011, Ms. Sabancı was awarded the Schumpeter Prize, a prize in memory of the famous Austrian economist Joseph A. Schumpeter which is given to innovators who have created new and progressive projects in their respective fields
- In July 2011 Ms. Sabancı was awarded the “ESMT Responsible Leadership Award” by European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)
- In September 2011, Sabancı was awarded the “Clinton Global Citizen Award” by the Clinton Global Initiative founded by former US President Bill Clinton, in recognition of her contribution to women and girls human rights and to the social, cultural and economic development of Turkey.
- In October 2013, Ms. Sabancı was awarded the “David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award” which is named for the leading American businessman and philanthropist David Rockefeller and given to leaders for their outstanding contributions in philanthropy.
- In November 2013, Ms. Sabancı was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities by Hong Kong Polytechnic University a global leader in industry-university cooperation.