Güliz ztürk has been named CEO of Pegasus Airlines, making her the first female CEO of a Turkish airline in the country’s history.
She succeeds Mehmet T. Nane, who has served as CEO of Pegasus Airlines since 2016, and takes over as Vice-Chairperson of the Board (Managing Director).
“I am thrilled to be handing the CEO baton, which I got in 2016, to Güliz ztürk, who has made major contributions to Pegasus’ growth and development for many years,” Mehmet T. Nane remarked.
I have no doubt in my mind that she will continue to fly the Pegasus flag high in the sky. This hiring is significant since Güliz ztürk will be the first female CEO of an airline in Turkish civil aviation history.”
He continued: “The aviation sector has gone through a very challenging period both domestically and globally due to the pandemic.
As part of the framework of my continued role as President of Turkish Private Aviation Enterprises Association (TÖSHİD), and my role as IATA Chair of the Board, which will commence in June, I will fight for the sustainable development of the civil aviation sector; whilst in my new role at Pegasus Airlines, I will continue to work tirelessly to reinforce the position of Turkish civil aviation as a rising star in the world, and to support the growth of our company as we forge solidly ahead.”
Güliz Öztürk said, “I am honoured to receive the baton from Mehmet T. Nane. As Pegasus Airlines, we have accomplished many firsts and pioneering projects under his leadership since 2016, and we have made our country proud many times in the international arena.
Together with all my colleagues, we will work tirelessly to progress our company further and crown its achievements. Investing in two important areas will continue to be the architect of our success: Technology and People.
As Turkey’s digital airline, we will continue to offer digital technologies and unique innovations that will enhance the travel experience, with our approach that focuses on the guest experience. One of the issues on which we will also be most focused will be gender equality.
We will make every effort, institutionally and individually, to contribute to the equal participation of women and men in all areas of social life and to enable women to express their full potential. As a company, we have been committed to gender equality for many years, and we have been at the center of the struggle. This change is also proof of the importance our company attaches to gender equality.”