BATI Group has appointed Harun Topaloglu as General Manager of Bati Shipping & Trading SA, Turkey with effect from July 1, 2011.

Mr Harun, who was previously Deputy General Manager of the company, joined Bati Shipping & Trading SA in 2006 as Dangerous Goods Carriage Specialist and Coordinator of Iso Tank Container Department. In January 2007, his portfolio expanded when he was appointed Operations Manager and he led the growth of Bati s business in not only liquid division but also overseeing 7 offices and over 3,000 customers. He also played an instrumental role in managing and achieving new success to the company. Bringing a wealth of experience in sales and marketing, financial planning, business services, new trade lines and team leading all the way up to Deputy General Manager position in 2009.

Prior to joining Bati Group, Mr. Harun worked with several shipyards in Turkey Tuzla region for 3 years where he held several positions with naval engineer, technical drawing, design bureau, resident ship building & mechanical engineer.

Ms.C. Harun Topaloglu, aged 30, has an excellent academic record and is continually improving. He holds a doctorate in Marine Sciences and Business Administration, Istanbul University, Graduate from the Maritime Management as a specialist in carriage of dangerous goods by sea from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, as well as a MBA from the Marine Transportation Management, Istanbul University and earned a Bachelor degree of Naval Architecture and Marine Mechanical Engineer from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.

After the announcement of new appointment, Harun Topaloglu, stated: "I am very pleased to be promoted to this position and I am sure that this will also move forward the company on the way of institutionalization and branding. Bati Shipping is a native market leader of International Transport Industry with its logistics solutions and role in niche markets. This appointment made me excited once again as the first day in the company. Bati is a company that links over 50.000 destinations in over 150 countries and employs 127 people with forefront the technology, offering fast, responsive and cost-effective deliveries in addition to clean environment fulfillment and integrated logistics solutions”.

Mr. Harun also says: “My life keeps me "fresh and focused" for work with so many things that apply directly to the workplace. There s the setting of goals, the need for the competitive edge, helping teammates, negotiating with customers, partners and service lines, overall team spirit ... and of course winning and grow rapidly through diversification. Next year we are going to celebrate our 20th anniversary of the foundation day and it will be great honour for me to lead the company as the General Manager".