Two things come to mind when Adnan Polat is mentioned: Galatasaray and renewable energy. He is passionately devoted to both. He has been working for both for many years and he has not lost either his love or his belief. “Debt should be controllable and payable without experiencing any problems,” says the businessman, and adds: “I applied the same principle when I was chair of Galatasaray. I prefer to be more cautious.” For Polat Holding he says: “We are not looking for radical growth.” We spoke with Adnan Polat Enerji Board Chair Adnan Polat about their business and, of course, Galatasaray.
We don’t see your name on the board of Polat Holding. Why not?
- At the beginning of the 2000s, I was board chair of Polat Holding and its affiliated companies. When I became chair of Galatasaray in 2006, I turned over the chair of Polat Holding to my father. For five years, I spent all of my time working for Galatasaray. When I returned to the holding in 2011, I saw that everything had gone very well and I did not touch anything. Apart from the holding, I have two companies which belong completely to me. I began to manage them.
Why did you return to Galatasaray in the midst of all of this work?
- Because of my love for Galatasaray... The late Özhan Canaydin tried very hard to persuade me. He said: “Galatasaray is sinking. Come and help. I know you from when we worked together in Alp Yalman’s time. Only you can get Galatasaray out of this hole.” At Galatasaray, no one can demand a position but when a responsibility is given it cannot be turned down. I saw it as an order and returned to Galatasaray. I devoted all of my working hours to Galatasaray until May 2011.