Cem M. Kozlu, 1969
B.A., Denison University
M.B.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Bogazici University
Komili Holding, Inc.
Citation awarded May, 1988
Cem Kozlu is currently managing director of Komili Holding, Inc., Istanbul, Turkey, which comprises two production companies, a marketing and export company, a computer sales and educational firm and a joint venture with Clorox. In 1976, he founded the Komili Industrial Products Marketing Co., an export-import company dealing inedible oils and salts and some oleo-chemicals. That venture has developed to over $30 million in annual sales and ranks as one of the top two companies in Turkey in terms of export volume.
After Denison, Cem went on to receive an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University Business School, worked on the staff of the vice president of international marketing at National Cash Register in Dayton, Ohio, and served as the marketing manager of Proctor & Gamble, S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to Istanbul in 1976.
Preceding his 1985 guest teaching job in Denison’s economics department, Cem taught part-time at Bosphorus University where he developed courses on export management and international marketing. In 1981 he stopped teaching to write what has become the standard marketing text in Turkey, Marketing: Problems and Practices. His Turkish equivalent of a Ph.D. is being awarded this year.
Cem’s wife is a member of one of Denison’s oldest families and they have maintained close ties to the college. Cem has served as a DOAN (Denison Overseas Network) volunteer.