Ali Taha Koç

CEO, Turkcell

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Dr. Ali Taha Koç

CEO of Turkcell

Dr. Ali Taha Koç was born in Ankara in 1980.

After finishing his undergraduate degree in 2001 at Bilkent University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he completed his master's and doctorate studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, all with full scholarships.

Koç joined Intel USA in 2006 as a research and development (R&D) engineer. During his tenure at Intel, he developed 61 patents, published 23 scientific articles, and developed and managed several international projects. In 2013, Intel awarded Koç as one of the top 10 most patent inventors.

After returning to Türkiye in 2014, he started to work as the Chief Counsellor of the Prime Ministry and in the same year he was appointed as the Head of Information Technologies of the Presidency. He also managed the formation of the State Information Coordination Center (SICC) in the Presidency Security Policies Department, and started the information flow from all ministries and security units to the Presidency.

By discretion of H.E. President Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, Koç was appointed as the Head of Digital Transformation Office on 12 September 2018. Koç continued in this position until October 2023.

In addition to his duties at the Presidency, he was also a board member of TURKSAT Satellite Communications Cable TV and Business Inc. Koç teaches graduate and doctorate courses at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University.

Koç was appointed as the CEO of Turkcell on October 13, 2023. He still continues this position.

He is also a licensed pilot, fluent in English and married with one child.