S?reyya Ciliv has been CEO of Turkcell since January 2007. Before joining Turkcell, he held executive positions in Microsoft Corporation. In 1997, Mr Ciliv was appointed as the Country Manager for Microsoft Turkey and in 2000 he was promoted to Microsoft’s US headquarters in Redmond, WA. He held executive positions in the Microsoft Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services Group from 2000 until 2007.
Mr Ciliv was also the head of the Field Readiness Strategy and Systems Division of Microsoft before joining Turkcell. Between 1988 and 1997, he served respectively as Vice President, President and Chairman of Novasoft Systems, an enterprise document and workflow management company he co-founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He started his business career as a software development engineer at Metagraphics in Massachusetts, where he was later promoted to be the director of international sales and marketing.
Mr Ciliv received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983 and BSE degrees in Computer Engineering and Industrial & Operations Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1981.