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Ali İsmail SABANCI serves as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2005. He previously held several positions at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and Akbank T.A.Ş. between 1991 and 1997.He also served as the head of projects of Hacı Ömer Sabancı Holding A.Ş. between 1887 and 2001 and as the executive assistant general manager for strategy and business development between 2001 and 2004. Ali SABANCI serves as a member of the board of directors of Esas Holding and several other Esas Holding Group Companies since 2004. He has a master’s degree in Economics and Politics granted by Tufts University and bachelor’s degree in International Finance obtained from Columbia University Business Administration Faculty. He is the Chairman of Young Entrepreneurs Board within the Union of Chambers and Commodities of Turkey and also member to Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO) and Turkish-American Business Council (TAIK).

Hüseyin Çağatay ÖZDOĞRU served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2007 and since March 2010 he serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board. Between 1991 and 2002 he served in a wide range of IT firms in Turkey and in the United States, including Koç Unisys, IBM Turk and Global One Corporation and held various engineering and sales positions. During his tenure as the head of IT & telecommunications industry for Hacı Ömer Sabancı Holding A.Ş. between 2002 and 2005, he served as general manager, assistant general manager and executive member of the board of directors for group companies such as Turk.Net, Akinternet, I-BimSA and Sabancı Telekom. Çağatay ÖZDOĞRU joined Esas Holding in June 2005 as a member of the executive committee. Currently, he also serves as a member of the board of directors of Esas Holding and several other Esas Holding Group Companies, besides his duty as the Esas Holding CEO. Çağatay ÖZDOĞRU holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Telecommunication from Istanbul Technical University and a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication granted by George Washington University.

Sertaç HAYBAT, serves as our General Manager (CEO) and a member of our Board of Directors since 2005. He started working in the airline industry as the maintenance manager for Bursa Airlines in 1979. he worked for Turkish Airlines in three different occasions, first between 1982 and 1987 as a member of the engineering team, later between 1989 and 1993 as strategic planning and investments manager, marketing director and as sales director for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and between 1997 and 2003, as a member of the executive management team responsible for finance and corporate planning. Sertaç HAYBAT also served as a member of the board of directors of SunExpress until 2003. Sertaç HAYBAT holds a Bachelor’s Degree in aviation engineering granted by Manchester University in 1976. He was elected as the Chairman of Turkish Private Aviation Enterprises Association (TOSHID) in December 2012 and hold this position till 2014.

Şükrü Emre BERKİN, serves as a member of Board of Directors since March 2010. Between March 2014 and March 2015, he served as an independent director at Pegasus. Emre Berkin started working for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1983 and served in sales, consultancy, support and service positions in United States and in Turkey. Between 1993 and 2006, Emre BERKİN worked for Microsoft Corporation holding various positions, including Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa Regions and as Head of Middle East and Africa operations. He was also the first general manager of Microsoft Turkey. Emre BERKİN currently runs an independent consulting practice focused on international business development, mergers and acquisitions, funding and investments, and he also serves as a member of the boards of directors of various companies in and outside of Turkey. Emre BERKİN has a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering granted by DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Telecommunication from Middle East Technical University..

Mehmet Cem KOZLU serves as an independent member of our Board of Directors since April 2013. Cem KOZLU served as the chairman of the board of directors and CEO at Türk Hava Yolları A.O. between 1988 and 1991 and in 1990 he also served as the chairman of the Association of European Airlines. After having served as a member of the Turkish Parliament between 1991 and 1995, he took a second term as the chairman of Turkish Airlines between 1997 and 2003. Cem KOZLU held several positions at The Coca-Cola Company between 1996 and 2006 where his last position was the president of the company’s Central Europe, Eurasia and Middle East operations. Since 2006, he has continued to serve as consultant to Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa Group. Cem KOZLU served as the chairman of the International Airline Training Fund between 2008 and 2010 and continues to serve as member of board of directors or advisor in various companies. Cem KOZLU holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and an MBA degree from Stanford University. He also holds a Ph.D. in administrative sciences from Boğaziçi University..

Saad Hassan HAMMAD joined Pegasus as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors on April 25, 2014 and has served as an independent director since March 31, 2015. Saad HAMMAD most recently served as the CEO of Flybe Group plc, between August 2013 and October 2016 and has considerable executive and non-executive experience in the aviation sector. From 2005 to 2009 Saad HAMMAD served as the Chief Commercial Officer at easyJet plc and in 2011 and 2012 he served as a non-executive directors at Air Berlin plc and a member of the Finance Committee. Outside of aviation, Saad HAMMAD was from 2009 to 2013 the Managing Director at the Gores Group, an operations-focused private equity firm with approximately US$ 4 billion under management. Previously, Saad HAMMAD held a number of leadership positions in brand management, sales and marketing and retailing at Procter & Gamble, Thorn-EMI, Vision Express and the Minit Group. He was also Managing Director – Europe at Tibbett & Britten and CEO & Co-founder of Autocascade, a pan-European web-based yield management start-up focused on the automotive sector. Saad HAMMAD also served as a non-executive director of Optos plc, provider of medical retinal-imaging technology, where he was a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Saad HAMMAD holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

He is a citizen and a resident of the United Kingdom.

Zeynep Bodur OKYAY joined Pegasus as a non-executive director on July 14, 2016 and has served as an independent director since October 2016. Since 1992, Zeynep Bodur OKYAY held a number of duties at the Kale Group with investments in ceramics, construction materials, construction chemicals, defense and aviation, machinery, energy, mining, transportation and IT. Having assumed several roles as part of ceramics production planning and production management between 1992 and 1995, she was later appointed as the president and executive committee member of the group’s marketing companies and since 2007, serves as the president and CEO of the Kale Group. Zeynep Bodur OKYAY holds a bachelor’s degree in management engineering obtained from the Istanbul Technical University and has completed the management program master’s degree at Harvard University. Among her active duties assumed in various non-governmental organizations, associations, foundations and chambers, Zeynep Bodur OKYAY serves as the chairman of the general assembly of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, vice-chairman of the Economic Development Foundation, board member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board, member of the board of trustees of the Turkish Education Foundation and vice-chairman of the female entrepreneurs board of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey.

Stephen Mark GRIFFITHS joined Pegasus as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors on November 11, 2016 and has served as an independent director since January 2017. Steve GRIFFITHS is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the London Underground and has considerable executive experience in the aviation sector. Between 1995 and 2013, Steve GRIFFITHS served in various positions at Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited. Between March 2009 and June 2013, Steve GRIFFITHS was the Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Atlantic, responsible for the safe, efficient and cost effective delivery of the airline operations and customer service promise, with leadership responsibility for 6,500 employees in flight operations, engineering, airports, cargo, pilots, cabin crew, safety and security and customer experience. Prior to that, Steve GRIFFITHS served as director of engineering between 2007 and 2009 and undertook various senior engineering positions between 1995 and 2007. Between 1986 and 1995, Steve GRIFFITHS served as senior service engineer at Rolls Royce plc.

Steve GRIFFITHS holds HND in Mechanical Engineering and has completed the Advanced Leadership Development Programme at Cranfield University. He is a citizen and a resident of the United Kingdom.