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TAV CEO Sani Sener received the Medal of merits for Macedonia from President Gjorge Ivanov

TAV Airports CEO&President Sani Sener, received the Medal of merits for Macedonia by the President of Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, today, at the President’s residency, Vila Vodno.

Sener arrived in the country with his family and TAV Airports executive managers from Istanbul, Turkey, in order to receive this recognition which is given for achieved results that contributed to significant development and affirmation of Republic of Macedonia in all areas of life and work, as well as for developing friendly relations between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Turkey. 

The festive ceremony at Vila Vodno was attended by numerous audience, including Turkey’s Ambassador in Skopje, Tülin Erkal Kara and TAV Macedonia managers.

Sener expressed his great honor to receive this recognition.

 - I am truly honoured to receive the Medal of merits for Macedonia and I would like to express my great gratitude to President Ivanov and the Macedonian state. There are close historic and cultural ties between Turkey and Macedonia that date back centuries. As TAV, we took over the operations of Skopje and Ohrid airports in 2010 and since invested approximately 120 million Euros to develop both airports. In eight years, the number of passengers at both airports increased by almost four times, to 2.3 million passengers in 2018. Number of destinations from Skopje Airport increased to 38 from 15 and the number of weekly flights between Istanbul and Skopje increased to 19 from four. The volume of trade between the two countries is around 500 million USD and Turkish companies have 1.2 billion USD worth of investments in Macedonia. I believe that the cooperation and the good relations between Turkey and Macedonia will continue to progress. I thank all our employees and our stakeholders for the success of Macedonian airports, which also contributes to the overall economic development of the country and believe that we will jointly celebrate many future successes with our friends in Macedonia, stated Sani Sener, TAV Airports CEO&President.  

Sener is the first person from the business sector and the first representative from the foreign investors’ community at all, that receives the Medal of merits for Macedonia from the President Gjorge Ivanov. From 2009 until now, Ivanov has awarded 11 persons with the Medal of merits for Macedonia, mostly - diplomats, music composers, representative of sports teams, professors, engineers, representatives of the religious organizations and the Macedonian diaspora.

Mustafa Sani Sener is TAV Airports CEO, member of the Board of Directors and President since 1997. He is a Mechanical Engineer with Master’s degree from the UK University of Sussex and 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”. 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.

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 the voting carried out by Thomson Extel among national and international finance corporations, Sener 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.

TAV Macedonia continues to mark double digit increase in passengers’ number at both Macedonian airports – Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport. It finished 2018 with 2,3 (2.342.541) passengers at both airports, which is 16% increase on the annual level, while the number of flights has been increased by 9%, to a total of 19.750.