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M. Gürcan Karakaş was born in Antalya in 1965 and grew up in Germany. In 1988 he graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the same year he joined Aselsan in Ankara. In 1990 he started his career at Bosch. In 2002 he joined the executive board and in 2004 he was promoted to CEO of Bosch Turkey. In 2007 he took over the management of global sales and the Bosch Car Service network at the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division in Karlsruhe. In 2011, he took over the management of marketing and sales and automotive strategies at Bosch headquarters. In 2013 he returned to active operational business and became a member of the Board of Directors of the Electrical Drives division with global responsibilities with a focus on the NAFTA and Asia markets. After a long and successful career at Bosch, on September 1, 2018, he took over responsibility as CEO of the Turkish mobility brand Togg.