Turkey’s Premier Angel Network

Saruhan Tan

Saruhan tan

Saruhan Tan was born in Istanbul in September 1971 and went to Şişli Terakki High school. After finishing school in 1988 he went to Schiller International University in England and successfully finished the business management and international relations faculties.

In 1993 he started to work as store manager at the company YKM Giyim ve İhtiyaç Maddeleri Tic. ve San. A.Ş. of which his family is the founder. During this time he co-founded YKM Turizm ve Seyahat Acentası Ltd Şti. He actively supported the YKM purchasing department. He then continued as YKM executive board member. In 2013 he transferred all his shares and left the company.

He entered the restaurant sector in 2009. Together with Gamze Cizreli they made Big Chefs Cafe & Braserie one of the most known chain restaurants in Turkey with 22 branches and also they opened the first international franchise branch in Dubai. He made many investments in projects as “Business Angel” and transferred them afterwards.

Saruhan Tan still is co-partner of the Big Chefs Restaurants and chairman and co-partner of YKM Turizm ve Seyahat Acentası. He is co-partner and chairman of Lidya Yazılım Danışmanlık ve Bilgi Sistemleri A.Ş.

During the years of 2003-2005 he was chairman of BMD (United Brands Association) and still continues as Disciplinary Board Member of BMD. He also continues as vice president of GYIAD (Young Businessman and Executives Association). He is member of TURYID (Tourism, Restaurant Investors and Managers Association). He also took on the tasks as member of board of the TGSD (Turkey Clothing Industry Association).