As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hüseyin Gelis is responsible for the overall strategic management and leadership for all Siemens’ activities in Turkey. He is also the Chairman of the Siemens Leasing Financial System and the Chairman of the Siemens Pension Trust. Mr. Gelis, who was born in Istanbul, brings 39 years of Siemens experience and has held various senior management positions within the global organization e.g. United States, Germany, India, Canada and Turkey.
After studying micro and macro economics at University of California Berkley, Gelis graduated from the Business Administration department at the University of Phoenix Arizona. Starting his career in 1976 at the Siemens global Private Branch Exchange (PBX) Factory and R&D Center in Witten (Germany) in the field of telecommunications, Gelis served in the department of research & development, production, PBX systems, planning, logistics organization and strategic purchasing groups successively. After studying microchip production process in the US between 1987 and 1990, he worked as project director at ROLM System in Santa Clara, CA which was a Joint Venture of Siemens and IBM. He spent several years in market research in South America, where he was responsible for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) contracting. Returning to Turkey in 1993, Gelis worked as Sales and Marketing Manager of Simko’s Corporate Network Department until 1996. In his previous role, Gelis was appointed Vice President and CFO of Siemens Canada Ltd., finally being assigned as CEO & President of Siemens Turkey on October 1, 2007.