Sector’s Leading Brand is at New Factory with a New CEO

DateSemptember-October, 2017 Print

Arkel, the leading brand in the industry that manufactures elevator control cards, control panels, emergency rescue systems, revision and alarm sets and designs other electronic devices needed in the industry, moved to its new home on June 30, 2017.

The construction of the new building for the company established in 1998 took about 3 years on a closed area of 11,000 m2. The project, which consists of 6 floors and increases capacity by 50 percent, is seen as an investment that will shorten the card and panel production processes. The company is currently exporting to 60 countries and aims to continue its growth and investments in R&D and engineering services without slowing down.

New CEO at new home

At Arkel, where R&D work is carried out in line with customer requirements and by its own personnel with the help of modern technology, Mahmut Bertan started as new CEO in July 2017.

Bertan, who has made statements to our magazine on the subject, underlined that Arkel, whose partnership structure changed as of the beginning of 2017, will have a certain increase in growth targets in the coming years. Bertan`s statements about the subject are as follows: “We are aiming to develop new products and new technologies in this direction at the new production and management building we just moved in. We are eager to achieve these high-growth targets. In addition to our client-focused working principle, innovation and strategic product development and product launches to the market will be the most important issues and objectives for this purpose.”

Bertan, summarized Arkel’s goals under three headings; 1, new products; 2, new markets; and, 3, focusing on innovation to introduce the new trends on the market as a leading and pioneering actor.

Who is Mahmut Bertan?

Bertan was born in 1967 in Ankara. He received his primary, secondary and high school education at TED Ankara College Foundation High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical-Electronics Engineering at Surrey University, to which he transferred from Yıldız Technical University Department of Computer Engineering. After graduating from the University of Western Illinois with an MBA degree, he started in 1990 working in the international marketing department of core operations at Molex, one of the leading supplier of connectors and interconnect industry.

After working in the marketing and product-management areas for a total of 6 years at Molex USA and German branches, he returned to Turkey to establish the company’s office in Turkey in 1996. After managing Molex’s Turkey operation for 10 years, beginning as a startup and becoming a sectoral success, he worked as the global marketing manager for the consumer electronics sector for 3 years at the same company.

In 2010, he moved his sales, marketing and management experience in the electronic components sector to German-origin Weidmüller, one of the leading companies in the industrial automation industry. During the period he served as Managing Director in Turkey between 2010 and 2016, he also served as Director of Middle East for 1 year and as Director of India for 1.5 years in parallel. He managed IMEA (India, Middle East, Africa) and MEACAT (Middle East, Africa, Central Asia & Turkey) regions as Sales & Marketing VP in 2014.

In July 2017, he started to serve as the CEO of Arkel Elektrik Elektronik San. ve Tic. AS. Mahmut Bertan is married and has two children. He speaks English, German and French.