Ali Türk appointed as Chief Cargo Officer at Turkish Airlines, succeeding Turhan Özen

The board of directors at Turkish Airlines has officially announced the appointment of Ali Türk as the new Chief Cargo Officer, succeeding Turhan Özen, who has held the position since October 7, 2016.

Özen has decided to step down from his role in pursuit of his career preferences, according to an official statement.

Turkish Airlines expressed gratitude to Turhan Özen for his significant contributions to the company and extended best wishes for his continued success.

Ali Türk, the newly appointed Chief Cargo Officer, previously joined Turkish Airlines in 2011 as Vice President, Cargo Operations, and later served 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.

In addition to this change, the board of Turkish Airlines has made another strategic decision by appointing Mehmet Akif Konar as Chief Operating Officer.

Konar will serve as a proxy until the necessary permits from civil aviation authorities are obtained, replacing Chief Commercial Officer Kerem Sarp.

Turhan Özen, reflecting on his time with Turkish Cargo, shared his sentiments in a LinkedIn post, stating, “Turkish Cargo is now recognized globally as one of the fastest-growing and most successful cargo brands, achieving a market share of 5.3% and securing the 5th position worldwide in 2023.”

He expressed pride in being part of Turkish Airlines, an institution that has evolved into Turkey’s most valuable and successful entity since its establishment 90 years ago with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s motto “The future is in the skies.”

Entering the year 2024 with a sense of peace, joy, pride, and happiness, Özen wished the same for everyone dedicated to creating value through their efforts and endeavors.