Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Halil İbrahim Kongur has joined the Prysmian family in 1986 and since 2003, he has been working as Factory Director. Additional to his current responsibility, he’s appointed as Chairman on January 2015. Kongur, worked as Planning Engineer, Logistics Manager, Production Manager and Purchasing Director before assigned to these roles. He is graduated from Karadeniz Technical University, department of Mechanical Engineering and completed his masters degree in Berlin Technical University in Manufacturing Technologies department.

Sarah Lynn Snyder

Sarah Snyder graduated with a Business Degree from the University of Michigan. Her career started in Finance at Procter & Gamble where she held a variety of roles including Industrial Controlling, Business Unit Controlling, and Corporate Strategy. After brief roles in Marketing and Sales, Sarah returned to Finance at General Cable where she was involved in the Go To Market Strategy analysis and Pro-Forma reporting with the Prysmian acquisition. With Prysmian, she led Fixed Cost integration, ensured successful go-live of the Compliance PM3 SAP project, championed Controlling priorities for SAP Excellence, and successfully led 8 Plants as the Industrial/Specialties Business Unit Controller in North America. Sarah is now the CFO for Turk Prysmian where she is leading all accounting, controlling, tax, treasury and risk management functions.

Marcelo De Paola has graduated in Business from Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Sao Paulo and he has an MBA in Finance at IBEMEC. Marcelo´s career started 35 years ago as a financial analyst at Pirelli. Along these years at the company, he has been in charge of the financial, IT and corporate affair sectors, achieving the position of country manager. He has been in role of such activities in Brazil, Argentina, Italy and Mexico. He was further responsible for building the new SAP Process that has been implemented around the world. Moreover, while in Italy he was part of the team that made Prysmian’s IPO and that defined the new group´s reporting model. Marcelo De Paola is Prysmian Group´s CEO in México since July 2020. He currently managers 6 plants and over 1.800 employees. He was previously assigned as Prysmian Group’s CFO for the LatAm region. While in charge, Marcelo’s duties comprised the company’s accounting and treasury sections, financial planning, tax operations, as well as business support.

She was born in Noci (Bari) in 1976.

She graduated magna cum laude in Business Adminsitration, in 2000, at Università Commerciale “L. Bocconi” of Milan and got, in 2005, a Master in Business Administration at Kingston Business School of London. After first experiences as Consultant (Eos in Milan) and Analyst (Bloomberg Financial Services in London), in 2006 She joined, as Investor Relation Manager, IW Bank SpA, where She had the chance to follow, in May 2007, the quotation of the Bank in the market Expandi of Borsa Italiana. In 2008 She started a new professional challange in Snam SpA, first as Head of Financial Markets Analysis and Investor Relations and then as Head of Foreign Subsidiaries, coordinating abroad M&A projects and following the acquisitions of foreign participations (Interconnector in UK, T.I.G.F. in France). In 2013 She become Head of Investor Relations in Indesit Company SpA where She was, inter alia, in charge of the due diligence process related to the divestment of controlling stake of the Company from the Holding (Fineldo) to Whirpool.

In September 2014 Maria Cristina entred a new professional experience, that still lasts, joining the Prysmian Group SpA as Group Investor Relations Director. She reports to the CFO of the Group and carries out, beside the IR duties, Corporate Governance Activities and Special Projects (Capital Increase 2018, Bond issues prospectuses, due diligence streams for M&A).

Giacomo Sofia holds a master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Federico II University of Naples and an Executive MBA from Bocconi University of Milan.

He has covered multiple leadership roles within Prysmian Group for more than 20 years, both in Milan Headquarters as well as in different Regions of the Group.

After starting in the Corporate department of Strategic Planning and Industrial Investments, he has served as Logistics Director for Central Eastern Europe based in Budapest, before being assigned as COO of Country Romania.

Following the acquisition by Prysmian of one of its major European competitors (the Dutch Draka), he moved to The Netherlands as Supply Chain Director of the newly established Telecom Division.

Back to Corporate leadership roles in 2014, Mr Sofia has become VP of Global Supply Chain and then VP of Global Manufacturing.

In 2018, after the second major acquisition by Prysmian (of the American General Cables), he has been assigned as COO of the new Organization designed to manage the North American business headquartered close by Cincinnati (Ohio).

Today he is back to Corporate Milan as Senior Vice President of Global Business Operations.

Mr Sofia is also serving as CEO of Prysmian Cables and Systems, a sub-holding Company of Prysmian Spa, and he seats as member of the board in some other companies controlled by Prysmian Group.

Holding a B.A. from the Department of Mathematics, Boğaziçi University, Mine Ayhan started her career in 1991 at Yapı Kredi Sigorta T.A.Ş. as a Senior Engineer at the Engineering Department, and was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the same Department in 1997. Ayhan then went on to work at Yapı Kredi Sigorta A.Ş. in 1999, serving as Engineer and Director of the Key Accounts Department at this company until October 2003, as Group Director of Yapı Kredi Sigorta Pazarlama A.Ş. in the first six months of 2004, and as Deputy General Manager of Yapı Kredi Sigorta A.Ş. in the second six months. After holding similar positions at TEB Sigorta A.Ş. and Koç Allianz Sigorta A.Ş. between 2006 and 2009, Ayhan started her new role as Deputy General Manager supervising the Technical, Claims and Reinsurance Department at Generali Türkiye in July 2009, and then served as General Manager of Generali Türkiye between 2010 to 2017. In addition to her role as Vice Chairman of Generali Türkiye, which she still is, she holds the positions of Chairman and Board Member at Europ Assistance Türkiye and the Paris-based Europ Assistance Holding and Europ Assistance SA.

Ebgü Senem Demirkan

After graduating from Middle East Technical University, Department of Business Administration in 1993, Ebgü Senem Demirkan joined the Capital Markets Board of Turkey as a Professional Staff in 1995. Between 1995 and 2005, she worked in the Auditing and Partnership Finance Departments of the Capital Markets Board. Between 2002 and 2003, she attended the Capital Markets training program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, and served as the Capital Markets Coordinator of Yaşar Holding A.Ş. between 2005 and 2016, and as the Capital Markets Advisor of Yaşar Holding A.Ş. between 2016 and 2020. Between March 2016 and March 2017, she worked at Oyak Asya Çimento A.Ş., and between March 2018 and March 2019, she worked at Bosch Fren Sistemleri San. And Tic. A.Ş. between March 2018 and March 2019, and Tukaş Gıda San. And Tic. A.Ş. between March 2018 and April 2022. Since April 2021, she has served as an Independent Board Member at Dinamik Isı Makine Yalıtım Malzemeleri Sanayi ve Tic. A.Ş. since April 2021 and Tapdi Oksijen Özel Sağlık ve Eğitim Hizmetleri San. And Tic. A.Ş. since April 2021 and Tapdi Oksijen Özel Sağlık ve Eğitim Hizmetleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş. since May 2023 and works as Managing Partner at Sekans Kurumsal Danışmanlık ve Eğitim Ltd. Şti.


After graduating from Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Mehmet Göçmen started his professional career as a Project Manager at Çelik Halat ve Tel Sanayi A.Ş. in 1983 and served as a Member of the Executive Committee within the same company. In 1996, he continued his career at Lafarge Group as General Manager and assumed the position of Vice President. In 2003, he joined Sabancı Holding A.Ş. and served as General Manager at Akçansa Cement until 2008. Subsequently, he served as Human Resources Group President between 2008 and 2011, Cement Business Unit President between 2009 and 2014, and Energy Business Unit President between 2014 and 2017 at the same company. Between 2017-2019, he served as CEO and Board Member. Since 2019, he has been working as a Board Member at Trakya Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., Board Member at Coşkunöz Holding A.Ş., Board Member at Saint-Gobain and Dalsan JV, Board Member at Çalık Holding A.Ş. and Consultant at Credia Partners.