Executive Search in Turkey

an interview with Aylin Coskunoglu Nazliaka, EMA Partners Turkey
Thursday, December 18, 2008


Q: Can you give us brief information about Turkey’s business culture?

A.C.N.:
Turkey's culture has a unique blend of Eastern and Western tradition. A powerful regional presence in the Eurasian landmass with strong historic, cultural and economic influence in the area between Europe in the west and Central Asia in the east, Russia in the north and the Middle East in the south, Turkey has come to acquire increasing strategic significance. 70% of the world’s natural energy resources are clustered around Turkey.  In addition to being the world’s 16th largest economy, the average economic growth rate is approximately 7% for the last 3 years. Moreover, Turkey is becoming center of gravity for the foreign investments.


Q: How is Turkish manpower market?

A.C.N.:
We have a population of 70 million people – 70% of whom are young. With the strategic location advantage, Turkey has a lot to offer. The work environment is very dynamic and there is a candidate pool of mobile and well developed talents who have strong international experiences. 
What do you consider to be special about Turkish senior executive’s landscape? What would you see as its special attributes?

I think that Turkey has a rich source of well-educated, internationally experienced and self-directed executives. Turkish senior executives can easily adapt to new working environments because of our cosmopolitan culture which I mentioned before. They have some outstanding qualifications such as; being well-disciplined, struggler, and analytical thinker. Unfortunately, we had rather fragile economy in the past. Because of that we had economical crisis in almost every 5-6 years. These bad experiences made Turkish executives competent in crisis management and risk evaluation. I believe that C- level Turkish executives; especially for finance and marketing contribute a lot to the organizations that they are working for.

Besides, Turkish executives aged over 45 have experienced both high growth and economic crisis and stagflation in their business life which is not frequently met with well developed countries’ executives all through their career.  These tough conditions have made Turkish executives more creative in finding solutions to various problems.


Q: What is that makes a great Turkish senior executive? Is it their education? The business environment? Or their traits in character?
 
A.C.N.:
All of a lump!

First of all, as being part of our cultural properties, Turkish executives put considerable energy into maintaining good relationships with people and form strong attachments to subordinates.

Secondly, most of them speak at least two languages, with undergraduate or graduate diplomas from outstanding universities.

Thirdly, they have a managerial experience of at least 15-20 years and the ability to cooperate with top executives of the world's economies.

 Last but not least, the increasing number of foreign investments in Turkey made our executives to be more “glocal” players. Most of them are aware of both local and global treats and opportunities.


Q: What would you advise a foreign investor when looking to hire a Turkish senior executive? Are there any hidden “specialties” one should know when hiring Turkish senior managers?

A.C.N.:
One should consider from which university the candidate is from. This is very important, because all the universities in Turkey don’t have 100% English education whereas some of our universities are teaching only in English and providing fully internationally accepted programs. In return the graduates from such universities are more capable of handling international business issues and they have better skills of being global players in business life.


Q: Top 10 salary levels in Turkey. By sector; by function; by region; what else about salaries?

A.C.N.:
Energy, retail, telecommunication, FMCG, pharmaceutical, information technologies, finance, automotive, tourism and construction sectors can provide comparatively high salary packages to their executives.

The executives with finance and/or marketing background are more appreciated.  The salary levels are highest in Istanbul.

                                                                         
Q: Turkish Talents: Going outside Turkey? Coming in? Staying? How would you describe their movement?

A.C.N.:
Even though Turkish government has some policies to invert the brain drain, there are still a considerable number of “young guns” living abroad. The talents move outside to Turkey by 2 ways. First way is for concluding their post graduate studies in universities abroad. These talented and skilled fresh graduates are potentially aimed to work abroad after or during their post graduate studies. The second way to leave the country is through having a promotion in the multinational companies. This is very common among seniors. Likewise, recently there is a remarkable talent import by multinationals in specific sectors like automotive and heavy industries among executive levels. On the contrary, the import of talents is still a minority compared with the flow of talents outside the Turkey.
Young Turks are being employed by global firms throughout the world, with their professional approach and flexibility to deal with a wide range of circumstances. As they can easily adapt to new environments, they do not assess relocation as a problem. Most of them think that it is an opportunity.


Q: How would you describe the context when comparing Turkish managers active in Turkey against expatriates?

A.C.N.:
The numbers of Turkish managers who work in multinational companies are gradually increasing. Most of the big and reputable companies promote Turkish executives because of their creative problem solving skills. Turkish executives are appreciated for maintaining perspective in uncontrollable and complex situations since they had experienced in economic crisis.


Q: Some inside information on the educational system for senior players. What is the most important educational institution? Are there any remarkable trends?

A.C.N.:
Education has always been a major issue; especially at the beginning of a career path. When it comes to the situation of the senior players, there are some trends to consider. MBA programs for seniors are still trendy in Turkey, especially if these programs are held by popular universities of Turkey or under the license of well known international universities. Apart from MBA programs of universities, there are some specific courses held by private training companies that help the potential executives to deepen their area of expertise. On the other hand global trends are also observable in some specific topics such as leadership, marketing and/of finance for non-finance managers.


Q: We are all having hard times due to the global crisis. How do you see future of EMA Partners Turkey?

A.C.N.:
We are all suffering from the global crisis, of course. On the other hand, crisis means “opportunity” in Chinese.  I believe that the rotten apples will be thrown out of the apple basket in these days.
This crisis has caused most of the companies to make an inner look and re-structure itself. I envisage that number of merging and acquisitions will increase whilst overcoming this crisis. This will bring forth the need of searching for new executives to manage the new company structures. So there will be more job opportunities for senior players.

 

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