Meet Murat from the Commencis engineering team

Murat Ozkan
Murat Ozkan
Published: 12.01.2021

Murat has been with the Commencis software engineering team for one and a half years. Before Commencis, he worked at various companies, he co-founded his own startup and even made an exit almost ten years ago. In his spare time, he loves being with his loved ones and is an avid Tennis player.

Enjoying a birthday at the office

Why did you join Commencis, and what has kept you here?

I joined Commencis because of its highly qualified employee profile, corporate culture, and its start-up “soul”. I found what I was looking for, and I am still excited to work for Commencis.

What are some of the unique challenges you face in your role, and how do you overcome them?

It’s my 25th year in my career. The team members that I work with are younger, much younger. Young generations’ career and life expectations, sense of responsibilities, level of commitments, priorities are somewhat different than my generation. I am doing my best to adapt to those differences.

I am adjusting my leadership style according to them and making them feel that I am open to learning from them. I share my experiences and feedback. This is somewhat challenging for me and I like to be challenged and to challenge.

What is your most memorable moment at Commencis?

My first day at Commencis, I think. The warm welcome was quite memorable.

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

I spend time with my family, parents and friends like most people. I play tennis frequently, let’s say 8-10 hours per week. I follow podcasts, watch movies and TV series online, read interesting books.

I had a sailing boat which was quite time and money consuming - I decided to give a break at the beginning of this summer for a couple of years.

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I spend time with loved ones.

Cheering on Galatasaray with my loved ones!

What are your top three life highlights?

Graduating from university with an honour degree in Computer Engineering - my forever dream major. Being a father, and selling the start-up company which I co-founded to Ericsson.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?

A spaceship captain travelling between galaxies

As an avid tennis player, I play tennis for 8-10 hours per week

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

The first moon travel

What are your three most overused words/phrases at the moment?

Lockdown, quarantine and work from home.

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