Mr. Yildirim is a graduate of Daru’ş-şafaka High School and Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. He also holds an MA from Vanderbilt University.
He is currently serving as the Board Chairman at Yildirim Danismanlik Hizmetleri A.S. and also at Ada Plant A.S. He is an independent board member at Sabanci Holding and Tekfen Holding, a member of the Presidency Council for the High Advisory Board in TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association). Mr. Yildirim is the Chairman of the High Advisory Board at Daru’ş-şafaka Association and a member of the board of trustees at the Ayhan Sahenk Foundation, and at the Education Volunteers Foundation. He is also President of the Editorial Board at Finans Dunyasi.
His major positions in the past include Ministry Auditor, the Central Bank Vice-Chairmanship, Dogan Holding Board Membership, Dogus Group Vice-Chairmanship and Executive Committee Chairmanship, TUSIAD Board Membership, Dutch Business Association Turkey Chairmanship, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Daru’ş-şafaka Association.