In his role as chairman, Firat puts his leadership and vision to work for SoftCom. He is a strong advocate for corporate transparency, pursuit of excellence in innovation and accountability at all levels of the organization.
Firat and the co-founders of SoftCom were members of the Akkopru project group who were awarded the prestigious New Horizons award by the Young Turkish BusinessMen association in 1997. The award was in recognition of the group's efforts in the implementation of the "GPS supported construction site automation", the first non-military GPS technology application in Turkey. Firat is an avid mountaineer, who recently climbed Mount Everest, and an amateur pilot. You can follow his journey to the top of seven summits of the world at his personal blog.
Firat holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.
Turker Ugur Sokullu, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Turker Sokullu is one of the co-founders of SoftCom and has taken over as CEO in March, 2009. Turker sets overall business strategy for SoftCom, a leading shared web hosting and Microsoft® Exchange based email services provider in Canada.
During his tenure, Turker has worn many hats putting countless hours in IT operations, R&D and customer support, tirelessly promoting the technology and excellence in service that has made SoftCom a leader in its market. A personal source of pride, earlier applications for myhosting.com and mail2web were meticulously coded by Turker setting the tone early on for SoftCom's commitment to best practices in development.
Turker started his career in 1995 as a Software Developer at SuperOnline, a national ISP in Turkey, and later became IT Manager of SoftCom Chairman Firat Eren’s company, NTF Construction Co. While at NTF, Turker was a key member of the team that implemented the GPS supported construction site automation system used by engineering and management teams in a hydroelectric power plant construction site. The automation project won the New Horizons award given out by the Young Turkish Businessmen association in 1997.
Turker received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University.
Kaan Bora Soran, Chief Operating Officer
Kaan Bora joined SoftCom at the end of 2005 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer since September 2006.
Before joining SoftCom, Kaan Bora worked at Alcatel-Lucent in engineering, professional services, supply chain management and project management positions while traveling extensively in Asia and Europe. Kaan Bora brings extensive general and project management experience in wireless telecommunications and internet industry.
Kaan Bora holds a bachelor of science degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He is also a PMI certified Project Management Professional and a PADI Dive Master.
Celal Ulgen, Chief Marketing Officer
Celal is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in all areas of marketing.
Most recently, Celal served as Director, Private Equity, on the Aprilis Ventures team focusing on infrastructure, e-commerce, and web services investments.
Prior to Aprilis, Celal led the Technology Properties Group at VerticalScope, a leading International Media Company that creates authoritative industry portals, directories and content services. At VerticalScope, he was responsible for managing day to day operations of the division along with marketing and business development activities.
Before joining Aprilis, Celal was VP, Marketing at InQuent Technologies, a private label application hosting services firm. At InQuent, Celal managed all of InQuent's product planning for shared web hosting, email, and e-commerce solutions for the private label clients and their end-user customers.
Celal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, and an MBA from University of Toronto.
Michael S. Carr, Chief Financial Officer
Michael is responsible for managing all of the financial and legal affairs for the company.
Michael joined SoftCom in 2001 in a Business Development, Sales and Marketing capacity before transitioning to the role of CFO in 2006. Before joining SoftCom, Michael was responsible for managing Business Development and Marketing at InQuent Technologies, a private label application hosting services firm.
Michael has worked in various product management, business development and sales capacities since 1995 at companies such as AT&T Canada,
Infopreneur Inc., ACC TelEnterprises Ltd., Internet Canada and Internex Online.
Michael has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from York University and is working to complete his CFA.
Ted Rajanayagam, Vice President of Operations
Ted joined SoftCom in 2012, bringing with him over 14 years’ experience in IT operations management, network engineering, server management and process implementation. He is responsible for overseeing all technical operations within the company.
Prior to joining SoftCom, Ted worked at Pathway Communications, a leading managed internet and IT service provider, for a number of years; starting as a System Administrator and progressing through to become the Vice President of Network Services.
Ted has direct experience in private cloud, network engineering, datacenter and infrastructure management, and holds certifications in Microsoft, Cisco, ITIL and storage technologies.
Halil Mersin, Senior Business Developer
Before joining SoftCom, Ibrahim Halil worked as a consultant for various Silicon Valley companies providing expertise in business development, project management, and wide range of internet technologies. Ibrahim Halil brings over thirteen years of experience in Internet related business development and execution.
Prior to his Silicon Valley venture, Ibrahim Halil worked for three ISPs in Turkey during first years of Internet in the country forming team and developing infrastructure of network, helpdesk and customer services.
Ibrahim Halil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UCSF and bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University. He also holds certificates on Project Management and Supply Chain Management.