Boyden’s Leadership Series Features BBVA’s Mehmet Sezgin

  Boyden’s Leadership Series Features BBVA’s Mehmet Sezgin

- Head of Global Payment Systems at BBVA discusses the future of credit cards
    and chip technology along with managing teams in developing markets -

Business Wire

ISTANBUL -- November 08, 2012

Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released its latest issue
of the Boyden Leadership Series featuring an in-depth interview with Mehmet
Sezgin, CEO of Garanti Payment Systems and Head of Global Payment Systems at
BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria).

In the interview, Mr Sezgin shares his insights on the future of the global
payments market, missed opportunities by US banks, the importance of building
alliances with both competitors and diverse partners and why young leaders
should seek more global experience.

“Mehmet’s strong track record across several global geographies has resulted
in his distinctive perspective in banking and developing market growth,” said
Trina Gordon, President and CEO of Boyden World Corporation.

“Mehmet’s leadership as an innovator in banking, technology and consumer
marketing is very impressive,” said Özlem Ergün, Managing Director of Boyden
Turkey. “His success is a terrific example of the world class management
talent that is coming out of Turkey as well other important emerging markets.”

Mehmet Sezgin, was appointed co-chair of the Garanti Payment Systems and Head
of Global Payment Systems at BBVA in 2012. Mr. Sezgin first joined Garanti
Bank, Turkey in 1999. He is the founder-CEO of Garanti Payment Systems, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of the bank. Garanti is the 6th largest credit card
issuer in Europe based on issuing volume. Its “bonus card” loyalty scheme has
been the role model for many other programs around the world. Garanti is an
innovator in contactless and NFC solutions.

He is a board member of the Interbank Card Association (BKM), Credit Bureau
(KKB), Garanti Technology and Garanti Romania. He holds an MBA from the
University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science degree in management
from Middle East Technical University.

The full interview with Mr Sezgin and a sidebar discussion with Boyden’s Ms
Ergün on “Turkey’s Talent Rise” are available at

Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews with Stephan
Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Luís Mira
Amaral, CEO of Banco BIC Português, Kathy O’Connor, Chairman of the New York
Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO of
Shutterfly Inc., Jaime Rivera, CEO of Bladex, Svein Rennemo, Chairman of
Statoil, Kristin Skogen Lund, Executive VP and Group Director of Telenor,
Michael DeNoma, President and CEO of Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Ümran Beba,
Region President for Asia Pacific for PepsiCo; David Gergen, Director of
Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and a former presidential advisor;
Robert Reich, currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of
California at Berkeley and a former US Secretary of Labor; and James E.
Lillie, CEO of Jarden Corporation. All are available on Boyden’s website.

About the Series

The Boyden Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the
views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership,
management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with
heads of corporations and other key organisations across the globe to further
growth and the exchange of ideas.

About Boyden World Corporation

Boyden is a global leader in the executive search industry with more than 65
offices in over 40 countries. Founded in 1946, Boyden specialises in high
level executive search, interim management and human capital consulting across
a broad spectrum of industries. For further information, visit the firm’s
website at


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