New CEO at Eczacıbaşı

The Eczacıbaşı Group’s leadership baton is changing hands: Dr. Erdal Karamercan, the Group’s CEO since 2003, is passing the baton to Atalay Gümrah.

Currently Vice President of the Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division, Atalay Gümrah will assume the position of Eczacıbaşı Group CEO on February 2017. After that date, Erdal Karamercan will continue to play an active role in the Group’s management as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eczacıbaşı Holding and Member of the Presidential Board.


Gümrah initiated his career in 1992 at Ekom Eczacıbaşı Foreign Trade as Regional Manager. In 1994, he was appointed Commercial Manager of VitrA UK, and in 1997, General Manager of the Group’s newly established marketing and sales company in Russia, EBM Jsc., where he was given the responsibility of developing its business. In 1999, Gümrah joined Intema Building Materials Marketing and Sales, where he served respectively as Projects and Operation Manager, Sales Operation Manager, Assistant General Manager, and General Manager, a position he held between 2006 and 2011.

In January 2011, Atalay Gümrah was appointed Vice President of the Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division (Bathrooms) and General Manager of Eczacıbaşı Building Products, and in October 2013, he was given the additional role of Executive Vice President of the Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division. Atalay Gümrah will assume the post of Eczacıbaşı Group CEO on 1 February 2017.

Born in Giresun in 1967, Atalay Gümrah graduated from Galatasaray Lycée in 1986 and Boğaziçi University’s Industrial Engineering Department in 1991. He received a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the same university in 1994.

In addition to his executive posts, Atalay Gümrah is a member of the board of several Eczacıbaşı Building Division companies and Chairman of the Clay, Ceramic, Cement and Glass Industry Employers’ Association of Turkey.

Married with 2 children, Atalay Gümrah speaks English, French and Italian.