- PhD. Policy Analysis, Rand Graduate Institute (General Distinction)
- BSc. Industrial Eng., Bosphorus University (Top Engineer and President’s Prize)
Dr. Argüden is the Founding Chairman of ARGE, a management consulting firm, which specializes in business strategy, business excellence methodologies, institution building, EU and competition. He serves on the boards of more than 50 corporations in different jurisdicitons and served as the Chairman of the largest Turkish steel company, Erdemir (97-99).
Dr. Argüden started his career at the R&D Center of the Koç Group (1978-80). He worked at the RAND Corporation as a Policy Analyst (1980-85). Later he joined the World Bank as a Senior Officer (1985-88). Upon his Government’s invitation, he returned to Turkey and led the Privatization Program (1988-90). He also served as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister (1991).
Dr. Argüden is also the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Turkey; an adjunct professor of Business Strategy at the Bosphorus University and the MBA program of the Koç University. He is an author of numerous books and a columnist focusing on business and strategy.
Dr. Argüden is an active participant in non-governmental-organizations. He served as the Chairman of the Turkish Quality Association; Chairman of Turkish-American and Turkish-Canadian Business Councils; Vice Chairman of the Corporate Volunteers Association (CVA); Founding Board Member of the independent Turkish think-tank, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), The Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV), and TÜSİAD-US, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association. He has founded and led numerous NGOs. He has been selected as the Chairman of the National Networks Advisory Group and served on the Board of the UN Global Compact, the world’s highest public-private Board, Chaired by the UN Secretary-General.
He is a renowned governance expert and served as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, as well as being the Vice-Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD.
He has a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute. He is also an Eisenhower, Fulbright, NATO, and Tubitak fellow; and a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship, and career awards. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow, by the World Economic Forum for his commitment to improve the state of the world.
Areas of Expertise
- Corporate Structuring and Partnerships
- Total Quality Management
- Institution Building and Corporate Governance
Crisis Management and Development Strategy:
Led a strategy project to restructure a leading company that was struck by the decline in the market. The company was reorganized within 9 months to reduce the overheads by %50. The company that was making a loss of %10 of its turnover, reached a profitability level of %15 and its shares gained value %75 faster than the Istanbul Stock Exchange Index.
New Business Development:
The Group with mainly industrial holdings was analyzed for capabilities based competitive strengths to identify market opportunities in service businesses. Within two years, through internal development and acquisitions the Group entered new businesses which helped its shares to increase in value %300 faster than the Istanbul Stock Exchange Index.
Total Quality Management:
Led a change management project to establish world class MIS and human resources systems and to introduce TQM philosophy to the Group. Group’s companies won the National Quality Awards and European Foundation for Quality Management’s Awards.
In a Family Business that is leading its industry the family, business, and ownership issues were identified and separated, succession planning, developmental education and training programs were designed for the second generation, and principles were established for building and managing Board performance. Management responsibilities were passed to a team of second generation representatives and professionals.
Reorganization of a JV between a leading global company and the Turkish Government was accomplished to the satisfaction of both parties. The principles of the board and management relations, internal development and communication plans were established.
Financial Industry Strategy:
Economic reforms leading to declining inflation was predicted two years ahead of time and the Bank was restructured for competitiveness in the changing environment. As a result the Bank’s return on equity performance was improved by %55.