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Korukçu, Ünal

Korukçu, Ünal (b. July 19, 1937, Ankara – d. September 25, 2009, Izmir), banker and manager. From 1985 to 1998, he was a member of the Vehbi Koç Foundation Board of Directors representing Türkiye İşbank.

After completing his secondary education at Karşıyaka High School in 1955, Korukçu studied at the Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences, graduating in 1958. In 1960, he began working at the Central Bank of Turkey and from October 1964 to June 1965, he studied bank administration in Italy. He began working at İşbank in January 1966. In July 1970, he resigned from his role at İşbank after being appointed chair of the Supervisory Board for the Türk Dış Ticaret Bankası (later Dışbank), a partnership between the Bank of America and İşbank. In February 1974, he returned to İşbank as deputy director of external affairs; he was made London representative for the bank one month later. In March 1976, he was made senior deputy director of the Izmir branch, becoming director in February 1978.

Korukçu was made deputy chief executive of İşbank in October 1984 and was appointed CEO on May 26, 1988. He served as chair of the board of directors of the Banks Association of Turkey from November 1996 to October 1998. On October 28, 1998, he retired as the longest serving CEO of İşbank. During his retirement, he settled in Izmir and was chair of the Yaşar Holding Executive Committee from January 1999 to May 2001. He died in Izmir on May 25, 2009.

Abadan Unat, Nermin

Political scientist who received the Vehbi Koç Award for education in 2012.