Osman Okyay

Kale Group Vice Chairman and President of Technical Division

He received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Bogazici University
(formerly Robert's College), Istanbul, Turkey, in 1988, then his MSc. degree in
Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, NH, USA, in 1990. He
also attended the Executive MBA program at the Koc University, in Istanbul in 1994.
In 1990, he started working for Digital Equipment Corp., Istanbul Office, as a Field
Service Engineer, later promoted to Services Planning Manager. He then joined Kale
Group, in 1994, and worked as the Deputy General Manager of Kalekalip, then General
Manager of Kalekalip. Today, he serves as the Vice Chairman and President of
Technical Division at Kale Group.
Osman took the initiative to diversify Kale Group into high-tech fields and international
partnerships. Robotics & Automation, Industrial Energy Equipment, Software
Simulation, Defense & Aerospace are to name a few.
Kale’s partnerships with Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce were also led by Osman.
Kale has also become a direct supplier to worlds leading defense & aerospace
companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman.
Osman serves as the Chairman of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Canakkale
province. He is the Chairman of Turkey-UK Business Council, Board Member of
Turkey- Canadian Business Council, and Board Member of Turkey-USA Business
Council under DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) of Turkey. Osman also
served as the 2nd term Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council formed
under the Framework for Strategic, Economic and Commercial Cooperation (FSECC)
mechanism between Turkish and US Administrations. He is a member of the Board of
Trustees at the Eisenhower Fellowships. Osman is a Board Member at YASED
(International Investors Association). He is currently serving as the Chairman of
Defense and Aerospace Manufacturers Association of Turkey (SASAD) and the
Chairman of Aerospace Cluster Association (ACA-HUKD) in Izmir. He is also a
member of the General Assembly of OYAK Holding. Osman also serves on the Board
of Directors of Bogazici University and Fatih Sultan Mehmet University Foundations.
Osman lives in Istanbul with his wife Zeynep and their son Ibrahim.