Vice Chairman and President of Technical Division
Osman Okyay received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Bogazici University (formerly Robert's College), Istanbul, Turkey, in 1988, then his MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, NH, USA, in 1990. He also attended the Executive MBA program at the Koc University, in Istanbul in 1994.
In 1990, he started working for Digital Equipment Corp., Istanbul Office, as a Field Service Engineer, later promoted to Services Planning Manager. He then joined Kale Group, in 1994, and worked as the Deputy General Manager of Kalekalip, then General Manager of Kalekalip. Today, he serves as the Vice Chairman of Kale Group and the Vice Chairman and President of Technical Division at Kale Group.
Osman took the initiative to diversify Kale Group into high-tech fields and international partnerships. Robotics & Automation, Industrial Energy Equipment, Software Simulation, Defense & Aerospace are to name a few.
Kale's partnerships with Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce were also led by Osman. Kale has also become a direct supplier to worlds leading defense & aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman.
Osman serves as the Chairman of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Canakkale province. He is the Chairman of Turkish-Canadian Business Council and Board Member of Turkish-USA Business Council and Vice Chairman of Turkish-UK Business Council, under DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) of Turkey, the Chairman of Aerospace Cluster Association (HUKD) headquartered in Izmir. He served as the 2nd term Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council formed under the Framework for Strategic, Economic and Commercial Cooperation (FSECC). Osman is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Eisenhower Fellowships. He is also a member of the General Assembly of OYAK Holding. Osman also serves on the Board of Directors of Bogazici University and Fatih Sultan Mehmet University and Gebze Technical University Foundations.
He lives in Istanbul with his wife Zeynep and his son Ibrahim.