Turkish lawyer Can Akcaoglu has become the new Chief Legal Officer at Tupras, Turkey’s only oil refiner, where he will manage a team of seven people.
Akcaoglu comes over from Mapfre Genel Sigorta A.S. and Mapfre Genel Yasam Sigorta A.S. insurance companies, where he was Legal Affairs Director and General Secretary of the Board of Directors for the past five years. Before that he worked for four years at the Ozel & Ozel law firm, at the time the Turkish arm of Salans (now Dentons). He also spent two years as a Legal Consultant at Actecon Competition and Regulation Consultancy and another 2 as Legal COnsultant at Unitim A.S. He graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University’s Faculty of Law in 2003, and followed that up with an LL.M. from the same school in 2006. In 2014, he graduated from Harvard E-Learning and Oxford Leadership Academy programs organized under the International Management Development Program.
Tupras, which operates four refineries with a total annual capacity of 28.1 million tons of crude, has been called the biggest company in Turkey. The company, which also owns a majority stake in the DITAS shipping company and, a 40% ownership of petrol retailer Opet, is a member of Koc Holding, one of the largest companies in Europe, and the only Turkish company to be listed on the Fortune Global 500 list.
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