After three years as president of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businesspersons’ Association (TÜSİAD), Ümit Boyner has returned to her job at Boyner. Even though she underwent an “orientation” to get used to it, she became adapted very quickly and began to lead some of the group’s most important projects.
She gives some clues about two important projects that will soon be announced. She says that their turnover has reached TL 3 billion and that they will continue to grow by 10 per cent. “We have doubled our turnover over the last six years.
This can serve as a clue for the future,” she says in a message about growth, before adding: “As long as they provide an advantage, acquisitions, competition and geography will always be on our agenda. We are always looking for opportunities on foreign markets.”
You haven’t spoken much with anyone since you stepped down as head of TUSiAD. When you stepped down as president, did you first do things that you had previously postponed?
I had a dream that I would take a long vacation after TUSiAD but, after getting use to such an intensive schedule over the previous three years, it was not easy to hit the brakes,
In country like Turkey which has an intensive agenda, executives at NGOs have to manage every day very well.
After heading an NGO that has as broad an area of activity as TUSiAD it was relatively easy to return to business life, I was able to find the time for myself and my family that I had previously postponed allocating.
What kind of business life did you return to?
I underwent a brief orientation period in order to reintegrate myself after three years into the continuing projects at the group. In the last two years, there have been some significant changes at the Boyner Group in terms of acquisitions and new projects.