Meltem Deren

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Meltem Deren
Regional Practice Group Leader - Business Services
Turkish, English, French
+90 212 324 6524
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Current Role

Meltem Deren is Country Manager of Spenglerfox, Turkey. She is responsible for running the Firm’s operations in Turkey, ensuring highest quality standards of projects’ delivery, full engagement of the team and sustained profitability. Having completed numerous C level executive search and leadership assessment projects across diverse industries both in Turkey and cross-borders, Meltem specializes in Professional Advisory, Financial Services and Private Equity. She has worked in a wide range of pre and post M&A assignments where not only the technical competencies are important but also the soft skills specific to manage cultural and people-related challenges are also critical. Also, Meltem has significant experience in restructuring, growing and launching new businesses.


Prior to executive search, Meltem had previously worked for  Disbank Istanbul and Deutsche Bank London as Head of Risk Management, Head of Treasury Marketing and VP, Institutional Sales, respectively between 1990 and 2001. She also ran her own business in the entertainment industry for  five years until entering into the executive search in 2007.


Meltem holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Bogazici University, Istanbul, and an MBA from Exeter University in the United Kingdom. Meltem speaks fluent English and French.

Career Challenges / Inspiration

Meltem sees her job as the art of combining a thorough understanding on the role, company and sector from a business perspective and accurate assessment of people from technical, psychological and cultural perspectives while using a systematic approach involving market research.  This combination allows her to use her professional experience and skills in the most efficent way so as to bring together business and people focus.


Meltem loves her job because of this dual focus on both business and people and aspires to add value to both her Clients and Candidates’ lives with a customer centric, quality driven, long-term solution partnership. She leads her team by inspiring to work towards the same goal while enjoying  it. Meltem has always believed in this famous saying of Steve Jobs: ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’

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