Akin Rota

Akin Rota

Partner at Arkan & Ergin

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After completing high school at Galatasaray Lisesi, Mr. Rota graduated from Industrial Engineering department of Middle East Technical University , Ankara with High honors. He received his M.S. degree from Stanford University , CA in 1982.
After working as export manager at the fruit juice producer Asya Meyve Suyu, he started his banking career at Citibank N.A., Istanbul in 1986. He headed the fixed income securities desk there. Later, he joined Impexbank as Vice president and board member in charge to set up the department of Treasury and Capital Markets. In 1990, his department managed to place the largest portion of the biggest ever IPO of Turkey. He joined Finansbank as Assistant General Manager in charge of the investment banking division. There he led various privatizations, recovery projects.
In 1992 he joined a joint venture with a French company specializing in industrial minerals as shareholder general manager. In 2002, together with his partners, he started up his own company producing industrial washing machines, where he was in charge of marketing and finance activities. The company, established itself as a reputable brand name, was sold to another company in the same sector in 2008.
Before joining Arkan & Ergin JPA International he worked as assistant general manager at Ozkan Demir, a steel manufacturer with USD 550 millions turnover and USD 350 millions export s, in charge of Finance and Export sales.