Özlem Tutkan is a Senior Consultant at the Stanton Chase Istanbul office. She serves as the lead consultant for the Technology Practice Group in the Istanbul office covering the entire technology industry spectrum from software to IT consulting, advanced technologies, telecommunications, data science, and technology startups. In addition Özlem, delivers search assignments for technical management roles across a number of industries.
Özlem has more than 25 years’ experience, including in areas such as competency-based interviewing, talent mapping, salary benchmarking, and leadership assessments at two HR consulting firms.
Starting her career as an engineer in the manufacturing sector in a cubicle on the management floor, Özlem soon realized this was a far cry from her career vision. This was the time when the Internet was slowly but decisively making its way into every facet of life, and she was fascinated by the endless opportunities that information technology offered.
In the following two and a half decades, Özlem held various positions in the IT departments of leading multinational companies including 11 years in the technology department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Throughout her career at PwC, she gained deep experience in IT service management, service excellence, project management, IT cost management, vendor management, digitization, and digitalization.
Following PwC, Özlem joined Adidas, where she was eventually promoted to lead the IT function of the EM North organization, which covered Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania, as well as serving as a member of the Management Board during the last six years of her 11 years at the company. During her time at Adidas, in addition to contributing to and overseeing the rollout of major global projects such as the Adidas SAP Roll-out implementation, she was able to further develop and successfully demonstrate her skills in IT strategy, IT leadership, IT governance, digital transformation, ERP and retail solutions, change management, business intelligence, business process design, and team building.
After a brief hiatus from the field, Özlem started to look at her career from a different perspective and decided to use her experience and industry knowledge for the common benefit of companies and IT professionals as a Consultant.
Özlem holds a BA degree from the Istanbul University Engineering Faculty with a major in chemical engineering. She is fluent in English with a basic understanding of German. In parallel to her role within Stanton Chase, she also supports organizations focusing on the equal representation of women in tech as a volunteer.
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