Birnur Ahunbay works in E&E Group as the Director of Outplacement. She is also a certified Harrison Assessment and Outplacement Consultant. She joined E&E Group in 2010 and has given outplacement consultancy to more than 300 individuals and coached people in their career transition period.
Experienced in start-ups, re-organization, change management and mergers, she is passionate about making a positive impact in people’s lives, careers and in their organizations.
She has over 25 years business experience in sales, marketing, production and business management acquired in well-known and respected multinational and local companies. She delivered consistent profitable business growth under challenging market conditions.
Birnur started her professional career in 1987 at Mars Inc. when the company decided to enter the Turkish market and worked there for 11 years where she gained extensive multifunctional and international experience as Sales and Marketing Manager.
She was responsible for establishing and managing the Sales and Marketing Departments in Turkey and was also responsible for planning and implementing marketing activities and events for Malta, Cyprus and Israel. She managed and coordinated all sales and marketing activities for the global brands: Mars, Snickers, Twix, M&M’s, Bounty chocolates and ice-cream, pet-food products such as Whiskas and Pedigree and main meal products like Uncle Ben’s and Dolmio.
In 1998 she joined Bahçıvan Gıda, one of the leading food companies in Turkey producing dairy products, predominantly cheese and alike. As Sales and Marketing Director she established and managed the departments for 2 years.
In 2000, Birnur joined her family owned printing company as General Manager. In this new endeavor, she expanded her skills in general management and efficiency enhancement in overall operations. The company provides service to more than 100 international and local companies in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical and various other sectors.
Birnur grew up in Istanbul, graduated in 1982 from Sankt Georg Austrian High School and in 1987 from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Business Administration.
She speaks English and German, and her native tongue Turkish.
In her spare time she really enjoys reading, cooking and participating in social responsibility programs.
Her Philosophy is “Be the person you want, improve yourself and make a positive impact on people’s lives.”