Board of Directors - CV
Dr. Carsten Voigtländer
Chairman of Board
Dr. Carsten Voigtländer, was born in 1963. He completed his studies of mechanical engineering and process technology at the Technical University (TU) of Braunschweig with a degree and PhD. Following scientific research work at the Institute of Thermodynamics at TU Braunschweig, and various managerial positions at the Neumag company, based in Neumünster, he was latterly CEO of Oerlikon Textile, based in Remscheid. Dr Voigtländer is married and has two children. Dr Carsten Voigtländer is Chief Executive Officer and additionally in charge for Sales and Marketing.
Dr. Dietmar Meister
Vice Chairman of Board
Dr. Dietmar Meister, was born in 1962. Having graduated with a degree and PhD, the Master of Business Administration in 1991 took over various management tasks at Daimler Benz AG in the Operative Controlling of a major production plant and in the Financial Services Department. In 1997, Dr Meister switched to Jungheinrich AG, in Hamburg, as Head of Group Controlling. Subsequently, he worked from 2000 to 2006 for the Refrigeration Engineering business division of Linde AG, in Cologne, as Commercial Director. In 2006, Dr Meister joined the Brose Group, Coburg, an internationally operating automotive components supplier, with overall Commercial responsibility. Dr Meister is married and has one son. As Managing Director, Dr Dietmar Meister is in charge for the Finance and Service Divisions.
Chief Executive Officer - CEO
He was born in İstanbul in 1974. After graduating from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of International Relations, he got his MBA degree on finance from Western Illinois University with a scholarship. Also worked as an assistant in Western Illinois University during his master’s education, Avdel started his career as Investment Consultant in Interbank in 1996 and enrolled in the Manager training Program here. Alper Avdel joined Türk DemirDöküm Fabrikaları A.Ş. family in 2001 and worked in Financing Responsible, Export Controlling Responsible, Accounting Manager, Reporting and Controlling Manager respectively within the context of Koç Holding Leader Development Program. He has been assigned as Assistant General Manager Responsible for Financial Affairs in Türk DemirDöküm Fabrikaları A.Ş. in 2010 and as Board Member Responsible for Financial Affairs and IT in January 2013. As of April 1st 2017 Alper Avdel has been assigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vaillant Group Turkey. Mr. Avdel is married and has two children.
He was born in İstanbul in 1971. After graduating from Kadıköy Anatolian High School, he finished his university education in İstanbul Technical University Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He started work in active sales as of 1992. After working as Sales Representative, Training Manager and Sales and Marketing Manager respectively in Rainbow Ristair Ltd., he worked as the Sales Coordinator for Turkey and the Middle East. He started to work in Vaillant Isı San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. in 2001. After working as Protherm Brand Manager between 2002 and 2006, he continued working as Assistant Country Manager in Vaillant Group Romania between 2006 and 2008. As of 2008, he continues his duties as Sales and Marketing Director and he works as Türk DemirDöküm Fabrikaları A.Ş. Board Member since January 2013. He is married and lives in Istanbul.
He was born in Edirne in 1964. He attended İstanbul Erkek Lisesi and Faculty of Engineering at Bosphorus University, where he studied Industrial Engineering. After 1 year AIESEC training program in Switzerland, he obtained his BSc Industrial Engineering degree in 1990. Gürhan Çoban started his career as production engineer in the Bus Production Plant of Mercedez Benz Türk A.Ş. in İstanbul and worked in various management positions between 1991-2011. At July 2011 Gürhan Çoban joined Türk DemirDöküm Fabrikaları A.Ş. as Production Director and he is assigned as Board Member from February 2014 on. He is married and has two children.
Miguel Gastearena Larrea
Born in 1967,Mr. Miguel Gastearena Larrea studied business management and administration at Deusto Business School in Spain. Mr Larrea is also registered “chartered accountant” and a member of ROAC ( Official Registry of Auditors of Spain). After graduation Mr Larrea, worked Grant Thornton (Audihispana) as an Audit Manager and Consultant until 1998. Between the years, 1998 thru’ 2004 Mr. Larrea worked Saunier Duval Dicosa, S.A a subsidiary of Vaillant Group (formerly Hepworth) in Spain, and executed several responsibilities in Finance area. Between the years 2004 -2006 Mr. Larrea operated as Chief Financial Director (CFO) in Grupo Ibaizabal. Since 2006 Mr. Larrea is working for Vaillant Saunier Duval Iberica, S.L.U (Spain) as Finance Director Reporting To The Group Controller and the Country Manager. Mr. Miguel Gastearena Larrea is also a board member for Türk DemirDöküm Fabrikaları A.Ş. He’s married and has two sons.
Dr. Norbert Schiedeck
Dr. Norbert Schiedeck was born in Nottuln, North Rhine-Westphalia, on 13 December 1965. Having studied mechanical engineering and gained his doctorate at the Technical University Clausthal, he worked in various positions in the diesel fuel injection systems division at Robert Bosch GmbH. In 2000 he moved to Volkswagen AG where he was responsible for diverse tasks in engine production. From 2003 to 2007 Dr Schiedeck worked for ThyssenKrupp Bilstein Suspension GmbH, latterly as Technical Managing Director. Subsequently he became a member of the Board of Directors of Vossloh AG, a rail infrastructure and rail technology company, where since 2007 he has been responsible for the central departments Technology, Sales and Human Resources. As of 2014, Dr. Norbert Schiedeck is Board of Directors member of Demirdokum.