Ahmet M. Mendi, 2013 Honoree

General manager
Ulkar Holding A.S.
Istanbul, Turkey
New titles in your IT organization:
Strategic initiatives manager.
A recent example of your leadership style:
Even though it wasn't my direct responsibility, I was able to personally persuade our chairman to allow me to lead the commercial transformation project with IMS Health to restructure our salesforce and the way they do business.
Characteristic most important in an IT hire:
Having a business mind is very important. If IT staffers don't understand business in today's world, they have no chance to succeed.
How are you turning your IT department into a services organization?
Restructuring the IT department so that most of the services are outsourced and the IT department focuses more on managing these services to deliver better performance to business units.
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