Ali Türk has been appointed to the position of chief cargo officer at Turkish Airlines, effective January 1, 2024.
Türk takes over the position from Turhan Özen who held the position since October 2016.
The appointment comes as the airline also announces an organisation restructure with the position of chief commercial officer being modified to chief operational officer, which Mehmet Akif Konar has been appointed to.
Özen leaves Turkish Airlines after more than seven years during which time he significantly increased the revenues and global market share of the airline’s cargo brand, Turkish Cargo.
In early 2022, Turkish Cargo moved to SmartIst, Europe’s largest air cargo facility, and recorded significant improvements in customer focus, service quality, and product range during this period.
Türk, who graduated from the Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and completed an Executive MBA programme at the same university, joined Turkish Airlines in 2011 as vice president, cargo operations, before serving as senior vice president, Turkish Cargo, in 2012. Since March 2017, Türk has been serving as the executive vice president of supply chain management at Turkcell.
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