In 1987, Faik Açıkalın began his business life and banking career as an assistant specialist at Interbank after graduating from the department of management, Middle East Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Açıkalın undertook various tasks at Interbank, Marmarabank, Kentbank, Finansbank, and Demirbank between 1992 and 1998. Faik Açıkalın that was tasked vice general manager, deputy general manager, board member, and general manager at Dışbank was appointed as General Manager of Fortisbank after selling of Dışbank to Fortis Group. In 2007, Having left his position in Fortisbank and starting as CEO of Doğan Gazetecilik, Açıkalın was appointed as an executive board member and CEO at Yapı Kredi in 2009. In addition to current positions, Açıkalın was tasked as CEO at Koç Financial Services, and president at Koç Holding Banking and Insurance Group. Açıkalın that also commissioned chairman at Yapı Kredi Bank Malta, Yapı Kredi Investment, Yapı Kredi Leasing, Yapı Kredi Factoring, Yapı Kredi Bank Nederland NV, Yapı Kredi Bank Azerbaycan, Yapı Kredi Bank Moskova, Koç Finansman A.Ş; as vice president of the executive board at Banque de Commerce et de Placements S.A. and Allianz SE; as board member The Banks Association of Turkey. By year-end of 2017, Açıkalın left his duties at Koç Holding, Yapı Kredi Bank.