Our Team

Atiye Gökmen (Founding and Managing Partner)
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Atiye Gökmen (Founding and Managing Partner)


Atiye Gökmen is one of Turkey's most senior search consultants. She joined Nicholson International in London in 1991 after gaining an MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1978 and pursuing a career in sales and general management. The founding partner of Nicholson International Turkey, she remains involved in the firm's management and its business, client and candidate relationships. Her senior and management board positions in the Nicholson International network have included development roles for Eastern and Central Europe, India, the Middle East and China.

Atiye has acquired a wealth of human resources consulting experience internationally and in Turkey as a consultant to some of the world’s most successful organisations. She has lived in London since 1975 and completed numerous senior recruitment assignments in the UK, Europe, India and the Middle East. She has a keen understanding of multinational companies, the challenges they face in various business cycles and environments, corporate cultural differences, and executive competency profiling.

Özgür Tuncer (Partner&Country Manager)
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Özgür Tuncer (Partner&Country Manager)


Özgür Tuncer brings to Nicholson International invaluable HR and project management knowledge gained in the banking, insurance and healthcare sectors. Before joining us in 2007, he was human resources director at JCI Accredited Kent Hospital in Izmir. He has fifteen years of experience in organisational development, training, process and quality management, business process redesign and employee relations. He possesses a deep understanding of the social and commercial dynamics of Turkish business and has successfully completed some of our most challenging senior recruitment assignments in general management, law, project management, consulting, human resources and engineering.

Ozgur earned a BSc in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University in 1997. In the early years of his career, he worked as a human resources generalist for Garanti Bank.

Mutlu Eroğlu (Partner)
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Mutlu Eroğlu (Partner)


Mutlu Eroğlu's senior executive recruitment experience spans the FMCG, pharmaceutical, energy, banking, retail, technology and telecommunication sectors. She acquired ten years of executive recruitment experience at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young before joining Nicholson International in 2006. She has broad experience with aspects of corporate HR development including assessment tools and practices, performance appraisal and feedback structures, and psychometric testing in senior executive search and selection. Throughout her consulting career, she has maintained an impeccable track record in client and candidate relationships, client satisfaction and assignment completion.

Mutlu earned a BSc in Business Administration at the University of Ankara in 1995 and began her career in finance and accounting at Alcatel. She speaks English and German.

Burcu Küçükcumalı (Manager)
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Burcu Küçükcumalı (Manager)


Burcu Küçükcumalı has been involved in important senior-level recruitments since joining Nicholson International in 2008. She leads executive search projects, particularly in the energy, construction, pharmaceutical, agriculture, corporate law, FMCG and banking sectors. In the marketing department of Ernst & Young, she successfully led and managed various internal and international marketing and PR events. She subsequently worked as a human resources generalist for IKEA, where she led executive search and selection processes. She is a graduate of Bosphorus University and speaks fluent French and English.

Derya Damla Palabıyık (Senior Researcher)
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Derya Damla Palabıyık (Senior Researcher)


Derya Damla Palabıyık manages and coordinates administrative workflows at Nicholson International. She acts as the first point of contact for candidates and clients, coordinates office communication, and supports candidate-client-consultant relations during every phase of executive search assignments. She is the administrator of our database and website. She holds a degree from Kocaeli University and speaks fluent English.

Esin Eker (Associate Consultant)
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Esin Eker (Associate Consultant)


Esin worked as an intern for Nicholson International throughout her university education. She completed her degree in Political Science at Galatasaray University and joined the team as a full time member in 2011. She has been involved in various recruitment projects in a wide range of business sectors and functions.She speaks English and French.

Esra Göksel (Researcher)
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Esra Göksel (Researcher)


Esra gained her BSc degree in Sociology at Bosphorous University in 2010,followed by an MBA completed at Bilgi University in 2012. 
Throughout this period  she has successfully combined internships in research, marketing and human resources at blue chip organisations with her studies. Her experiences include working as a client consultant for qualitative research for key accounts such as Coca Cola and Unilever at IpsosKMG. Prior to joining Nicholson International as a researcher , she has worked for a national recruitment and HR consulting practice as a junior consultant and has acquired recruitment experience in a wide range of business sectors and functions.

İzmir Team

 
Arslan Güdüm - Manager
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Arslan Güdüm - Manager


Arslan has joined Nicholson International Turkey in early 2011 to lead its expansion into Izmir and its environs. Having worked as a local businessman with a background in retail, merchandising and general trade for ten years, he holds invaluable knowledge of the area, its people and the requirements of its business community. He is a graduate of Bilkent University and has fluent French and English.
Pınar Yüncü – Senior Consultant
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Pınar Yüncü – Senior Consultant


Pınar is a graduate of Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir and holds a Masters Degree in International Business gained at the Johnson and Wales University in the United States. Her career commenced in the States where she has worked as a Customer Relations specialist. Upon her return she joined an international firm of recruiters and has progressed her career in HR and executive search for 3 years. She is a multi disciplined recruiter with extensive knowledge of the Izmir region. She speaks fluent English.
Elif Derecine - Researcher
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Elif Derecine - Researcher


Elif joined Nicholson International as an intern and and has now joined the team as a researcher, she is graduated from Kocaeli University and speaks English.