Murat Yesildere


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Murat Yesildere Egon Zehnder, Istanbul


Murat Yesildere, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Istanbul, provides a full range of services from executive search and board consulting to management appraisals, serving clients across various industries and corporate functions. Deeply experienced in talent management and leadership assessments, Murat is also active in Development Advisory of senior Talent. He is a trusted advisor to clients on Diversity and Inclusion topics.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Murat’s career focused around fund management, financial affairs, and correspondent banking. He was Country Manager of CDI-Erste Bank, based in Istanbul, where he helped subject matter experts prepare for due diligence for divestment of shares or JV agreements. Earlier in his career, Murat established the largest private mutual fund to serve a community of ready-made wear and textile manufacturers. Specific previous roles include Executive Vice President at GSD Investment Bank; Vice President, GSD Holding; Treasurer, K Leasing & Factoring; Treasury Analyst, Philip Morris International; and Marketing Analyst, Ege Leasing.

Murat served for nearly a decade on the board of PERYON (where he still serves), the national HR association of Turkey, and participates on boards and advisory boards of various diversity initiatives, including the Turkish chapters of International Board Ready Women and Professional Women's Network. He is a regular columnist at Platin monthly magazine, writing about business, leadership, governance, diversity, and sports management. Murat is also an active blogger at and a regular Tweeter @muratyesildere.

Murat earned an MSc in Business Economics from University of Manchester’s Institute of Science & Technology in the UK, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

News and Publications

Building Highly Effective Teams

Egon Zehnder’s Istanbul office recently convened a group of Turkey-based HR leaders from various sectors for a series of breakfast discussions focused on the importance of team building. Accompanied by the Office Leader Murat Yesildere’s presentation on “Building Highly Effective Leadership Teams”, the participants were very forthcoming creating an open dialogue where they shared their experiences and perspectives on team effectiveness.

What We Heard – Convergence of Digital & Health

Egon Zehnder Istanbul recently hosted a presentation by Cozi Namer, Healthcare Industry Development Lead at Google, based in New York. As the subject of digital revolution continues to gain momentum in the performance-focused corporate world, healthcare industry is also in a state of constant transformation.

Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

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Murat Yesildere Egon Zehnder, Istanbul