Pursuant to the Presidential Decree numbered 2018/46 published on the Official Gazette dated July 25, 2018, and numbered 30489, the Presidency resolved that the following persons have been appointed to the Turkish Competition Board ("Board"): (i) Ahmet Algan, (ii) Hasan Hüseyin Ünlü and (iii) ªükran Kodalak.
The appointment of the Board is important as in the circumstance of vacant positions the Board would be unable to adopt any decisions on any matter as the Board would lose the necessary meeting quorum and thus, final decisions concerning certain matters, including merger control decisions, pre-investigations and investigations, would be pending due to the Board's lack of quorum.
With the appointment by the Presidency, the Board is now composed of Ömer Torlak (Chairman), Arslan Narin (Deputy Chairman), Adem Bircan (Member), Mehmet Ayan (Member), Ahmet Algan (Member), Hasan Hüseyin Ünlü (Member) and ªükran Kodalak (Member). Brief background information on the newly appointed members is provided below:
Ahmet Algan was appointed to the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey in 2003 and afterwards in the Committee on European Union Harmonization at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. In 2007, Mr. Algan was also assigned as the Head of Capital Markets Department in the Privatization Administration and between 2010 and 2018 he was the Vice President of Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities.
Sükran Kodalak was appointed to the Ministry of Health and assigned to the lawyer staff, following which she was transferred to the Ministry Central Legal Counsellor's Office. Mrs. Kodalak was then appointed to the position of Ministry Counsellor in 2012 where she conducted the follow-up and coordination of the procedures related to the lawsuits filed against the Ministry. She became the Head of Department in August 2016.
Hasan Hüseyin Ünlü, graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences and attended to Université de Rennes-1 for master degree in competition, consumption and Intellectual Property Rights. In 1998 he started working as assistant competition expert at the Turkish Competition Authority, in 2002 became competition expert and in 2009 he was appointed as chief competition expert. In 2011, Mr. Ünlü was appointed as the Head of Supervision and Enforcement Department and in 2015 nominated as the Vice President of the Turkish Competition Board.