Mustafa Sani Sener was appointed member of Board of Directors, President and CEO of TAV Airports in 1997.
Under the leadership of Mr. Sener, TAV had huge growth financially and operationally. In the year 2000 the passenger number of TAV Airports was only 10 million, in 2018 it reached to 154 million annually. TAV is now in 17 countries and operating 14 airports, the service companies which were established during this growth are giving services in 78 airports in 21 countries.
Mr. Sener, graduated from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Şener earned his Master’s degree (M. Phil) in fluid mechanics in 1979 from University of Sussex in the UK. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in engineering from KTU for “his invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish engineering at the international level”, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the New Hampshire University “for his accomplishments in project and risk management throughout his tenure at TAV”. Prior to his career at TAV Airports Holding, Şener served in various positions, from project manager to general manager, in national and international projects.
He attended the executive education program on the management of complex systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He gave a lecture in Harvard Business School MBA Program on TAV Airports Case Study by HBS.
Mustafa Sani Şener is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International (ACI World) and was elected the President of Foreign Economic Relations Board’s Turkish-French Business Council in 2012. In 2016, Şener was awarded the Legion d’honneur by the President of the Republic of France François Hollande, due to his contributions to the relations between Turkey and France and he was given the High Honour of Service by the Georgian state. In 2019 he was honored with Medal of Merit for Macedonia Republic for the improvement of business and commercial relations in Macedonia and Turkey.
In the voting carried out by Thomson Extel among national and international finance corporations, he was chosen first in the category of “The Best CEO” in Turkey in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and third in the European Transport Sector in 2014.