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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 a variety of industries and functions. Deeply experienced in talent management and leadership assessments, Murat is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

I am a lifetime student who believes in bringing diversity of thought to my client work. Being curious helps me better understand a client’s needs, and help them to find solutions.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder in 2000, Murat worked primarily in the banking sector. He was Country Manager of CDI-Erste Bank, based in Istanbul, and earlier established the largest private mutual fund to serve a community of clothing and textile manufacturers. Other previous employers include GSD Investment Bank; K Leasing & Factoring; and Philip Morris International.

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. He serves on the board of PERYON, the national HR association of Turkey, as well as on the Turkish chapters of International Board Ready Women and the Professional Women’s Network. Murat is also a regular columnist at Platin monthly magazine, writing about business, leadership, governance, diversity, and sports management, and regularly blogs at

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