AA - Sureyya Ciliv, Director General of Turkey's largest GSM operator, Turkcell, was named "CEO of the Year" at the World Communication Awards-WCA 2009 in London.
The awards ceremony took place at London's Hilton Park Lane Hotel with the participation of high-level executives from telecommunications companies and a number of guests.
Among eleven other executives, Ciliv was named CEO of the Year for his contributions to Turkey’s development of the communications and technology sector and for his leadership in making Turkcell such an innovative and successful company during the 2008-2009 period.
Earlier in November, Turkcell Group posted a net profit of TRY 497 million for the first nine months of 2009.
Turkcell, with its 36.3 million subscribers, is not only the leading operator in Turkey but is also the third largest GSM operator in Europe in terms of the number of subscribers. Turkcell's shares have been traded on the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) since July 11, 2000 and it is currently the only Turkish company that is listed on the NYSE.