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Mehmet Ilker Ayci is a Turkish tycoon who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Air India (from April 2022). Previously, he was the Chairman of Turkish Airlines from 2015 to 2022 and was also on its Board of Directors.
Ilker Ayci's life and education
Born in Istanbul in 1971, Ayci has also been an advisor to the country's current President, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, when the latter was the Mayor of the city in 1994. Ilker Ayci is married to lawyer and sports commentator Tugce Saatman Ayci.
He graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and is fluent in Turkish, English and Russian. Ayci belongs to the 1994 batch of Bilkent University. 
A year later, he continued his education with a research stay in political science from the Leeds University in the UK. In 1995, he completed his Master's in international relations from the Marmara University in Istanbul in 1997.
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