We Visited Recently Elected President of TÜSIAD and ITU Graduate, Erol Bilecik
Jan 30, 2017

Our university has achieved great success not only with its students, researchers and academics but also with over 100,000 living graduates including leading business representatives. 1986 Department of Computer Engineering graduate, Erol Bilecik was elected president in the forty-seventh General Assembly of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) on January 12th thereby making our university proud once again with his new achievement. Representing our university, our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, and Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Tayfun Kindap and Prof. Dr. Telem Gök Sadıkoğlu visited him at his office to congratulate Bilecik, who now leads the foundation representing the business world.
We wish our graduate success with his new assignment, a great responsibility in terms of business circles in our country.

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Who is Erol Bilecik, President of TÜSİAD?

The story of Erol Bilecik, who entered the world in Hatay in 1962 as the youngest child to a housewife mother and furniture tradesman father, proves that there is no limit on the journey to success for ITU alumni. For our graduate who completed his grade school education in his hometown, choosing the Department of Computer Engineering at our university for his undergraduate education was a turning point in a life filled with successes, leading to the presidency of TÜSİAD. He started his career as a "systems analyst" at Nixdorf Computer in 1987 and worked there for two years; then, with the entrepreneurial spirit of his family, he thought of bringing a new business idea to life. It is this entrepreneurial understanding that underlies the emergence of and his becoming the founding partner of Index, a leading company in the information sector. Bilecik, who started to prepare the plan and program to start his own business, founded Index in July 1989 together with four of his colleagues at our university, three computer engineers and one mechanical engineer. Besides being a founding partner of the company, he also took on the role of "General Manager" at the firm. Since 1999, he has been the CEO and Chairman of the Board of several companies established under the Index Group including Index Computer Inc.,Despec Inc., Datagate Inc., Neteks A.Ş, Neotech Inc., Homend A.Ş. and Teklos Inc. Our alumnus was honored with the Turkish Grand National Assembly Superior Service Medal on July 15, 2010 for his donations and contributions to education. Erol Bilecik, one of the first computer engineers in our country, also chaired the ITU Alumni Association between November 2011 and April 2014.

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From 2001-2004, Erol Bilecik was a board member for one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in the Turkish computer sector, the Turkish Information Industry Association (TÜBİSAD); in 2016, he was on the board of the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV), meanwhile continuing to work as a member of the Board of Directors of the 1907 Fenerbahçe Association.