Emre Gurkan - Chief Executive Officer - touch Lebanon
Emre Gurkan, was appointed CEO of touch in April 2017. He is a seasoned telecommunications executive with over 25 years of experience in international ICT, telecom and management consulting sectors working with global telecom operators and media companies across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His strengths extend to corporate strategy, digital and business transformation, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and optimization as well as marketing, sales and driving customer-centric operating cultures.
Prior to and in alignment with his appointment in touch, Emre was the Group Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of Zain Group until March 2018, having been appointed to this position in the beginning of 2014. He is the originator of Zain’s Digital and Innovation Frontier (ZDIF) which is tasked with cementing the position of the Group within the digital space, focusing on the areas of innovation, digital services, corporate venturing and smart cities.
Prior to joining Zain, Mr. Gurkan was the Group Chief Strategy Officer of Oger Telecom. He has also held other senior roles in A.T. Kearney and McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul and Dubai offices and served leading telecom operators in various regions. In addition, he also worked at Turkcell Telecommunications and Baan Company and was a co-founder of an applications development company.
Mr. Gurkan holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Management Information Systems from London School of Economics and Political Science and a BS in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.