Vuslat Bayoglu

19th April 2019

By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Full Name: Vuslat Bayo˘glu

Position: Menar cofounder and MD

Main Activity of the Company: Menar is a hands-on investment holding company with controlling shareholding and management in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Kangra Coal and Sitatunga Resources

Date and Place of Birth: September 8, 1974, Erzurum, Turkey

Education: BSc (Hons) (mechanical engineering), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey

First Job: Teaching assistant at the METU Industrial Engineering Department

Size of First Pay Packet: $1 000 a month

Value of Assets under Your Control: The value of the business is about R7-billion

Number of People under Your Leadership: 3 500 employees

Management Style: I try to promote a teamwork mentality but I am also able to make a quick, unilateral decision when this is required

Personal Best Achievement: Developing successful operating mines in South Africa

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother, Suhendan

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My wife, Zeynep

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Barack Obama

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Steve Jobs

Philosophy of Life: I try to be fair and listen to the people around me

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Entering the South African mining industry

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Having people I trusted lie to me

Hope for the Future: The eradication of poverty globally

Favourite Reading: Business magazines and journals

Favourite TV Programme: News network channels

Favourite Food/Drink: Mediterranean food and fresh juices

Favourite Music: Classical

Favourite Sport: Soccer and basketball

Hobbies: Collecting model cars and aeroplanes

Car: Mercedes-Benz

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Laziness and dishonesty

Married: To Zeynep, since August 2003

Children: Hakan, 14; Reyhan, 12

Clubs: Kaiser Chiefs

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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