Mert Basar joins Global Ports Holding to head up commercial business

By Luke Barras-hill |


Mert Basar has been appointed CCO at Global Ports Holding.

Global Ports Holding (GPH) has announced the appointment of Mert Basar to the position of Chief Commercial Officer.

Basar joins the global cruise operator, which has cruise and commercial ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia Pacific, from the new Istanbul Airport where he served as Chief Commercial Officer.

During his time at the airport, he was responsible for devising and executing the airside and landside commercial strategy at the Turkish hub, home to the world’s largest duty free zone.

Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles in the telecommunications industry.

In a dual announcement, Mark Robinson moves to head up business development in EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Emre Sayin, CEO, GPH said: “I look forward to Mark’s input from his new and exciting role. I expect Mark’s wealth of cruise industry experience will prove to be invaluable to our business development aspirations in both Europe and Asia Pacific.

“I am also delighted to welcome Mert to our team. His experience and knowledge of commercial operations at such an important aviation hub will be invaluable in helping us deliver on our short and medium-term objectives for ancillary services across the business.”

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