Zeynep Derman Küçükönder, Legal Director, Coca-Cola Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia
Born in Jan, 1977 in Izmir, Turkey. Completed her early education at Izmir American Collegiate Institute. The following years entailed four intense years of study at the Istanbul University, where she graduated from the law faculty. She started her early career as a paralegal at HP Turkey. Two years later she joined Superonline – the leading internet service provider at the time where she set up legal department. In five years’ time she was the head of legal affairs and led the acquisitions of two companies. She had become a specialist in commercial, competition and cyber law leading the legal department. In addition to her practice at Superonline she was a lecturer at Bilgi University MBA Program, where she was teaching cyber law.
Zeynep joined Coca-Cola as Turkey Region legal counsel and with the added responsibility of Caucasus & Central Asia and Dogadan tea business in 2012 she has become the legal director of TCCA BU. During her tenure in the Company, she has taken an active role in the acquisition of Dogadan as well as initiatives in the compliance and governance area.
She has 3 articles and 3 presentations at the Global Brand Protection summit and EuroAdvocaten General Counsel’s meeting. She won Legal 500 GC Powerlist Turkey awards in 2015 & 2017 and Legal team award in 2016. She has been working on the efficiencies embracing technology as well as providing strategic legal counseling to the group she is responsible of.
Her motto is being a key business partner to provide reliable and resourceful advice on a broad spectrum areas and looking after the corporate domestic regulatory compliance and governance.
Her memberships are as follows;
Board of Trustees of Coca-Cola Life Plus Foundation
Board member of Self-Regulatory Board
Legal committee of Advertisers’ Association
Istanbul Bar Association
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