Country Manager, Advertising & Online at Microsoft
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Country Manager, Advertising & Online Turkey
Bilhan Bilge is responsible for driving sales in Turkey for Microsoft Advertising. He joined Microsoft in August, 2011 bringing to the team 14y in ad sales experience; 8y spent online, 5y in TV and 1 year in radio. He started his ad sales career in Show TV as a sales manager followed by 4 years sales director experience and then started to work for Sahibinden.com as an ad sales and marketing manager, leading listing online entity of Turkey. After 1 year tenure with Sahibinden.com he joined one of Actera Group Companies, Spectrum Media (Super Fm, Metro Fm, Joy Fm, Joyturk and Radio Mydonose) as a Deputy General Manager managing ad sales and ad sales operations. His last company prior to joining Microsoft was Acunn.com, start-up online business of Acun Ilicali, one of the most successful producers of TV business, Bilhan acted as the GM of Acunn.com. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Physics Engineering Department and he has a MBA degree from Yeditepe University.
Bilhan is passionate about strategy (thinking), execution (doing) combined with a passion for people (customers, partner and employees) and technology. He is married and lives in Istanbul.
He is a fanatic of sports (basketball, Premier League Football, fitness) and also he is the captain of Microsoft Basketball Team in the Corporate Basketball League. He also likes to collect and listen vinyl records especially for jazz and chill out.