Aviagen names Bulent Tanyildizi as Business Manager for Middle East & North Africa

New appointments for Aviagen MENA region
calendar icon 8 March 2023
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Bulent Tanyildizi was recently promoted to the role of Business Manager for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Bulent will be responsible for managing the three core brands in the region; Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross. He will replace Michael Garden in this role, who will now assume the role of TMEA Senior Business Manager, and will be responsible for some key account and country management in the region along with other key business area focus in this rapidly growing investment region for Aviagen.

Bulent has over 30 years of experience in various commercial roles, which began in the human health field and continued in the construction equipment industry. Bulent joined Aviagen Anadolu in 2007 as Sales Manager and was appointed Senior Sales Manager in 2008. In 2011, Bulent assumed the role of Project Manager for the Aviagen Anadolu new hatchery investment in Elmadağ, Ankara, where he managed and coordinated all aspects of the project. He was also involved in other investments for Aviagen Anadolu including the feed decontamination unit, laboratory, and 2 Grandparent (GP) farms. In 2013, Bulent joined the Ross Middle East and Africa team as International Commercial Manager, before commencing his current role as Business Manager, MENA.

Bulent expressed his excitement for his new role and the new opportunities and challenges that come with it, “Turkey, Middle East, and Africa (TMEA) is a very dynamic and rapidly developing region within Aviagen. There is significant demand for all Aviagen brands amongst our customers. In order to satisfy our customers’ needs in full and on time, some changes were recently made at the management level and I am excited to have accepted the Business Manager position for the MENA region. I will spend all my efforts to make sure all of our breeds - Arbor Acres, Indian River, and Ross, are successful in my territory and the best possible support is in place for our customers, to ensure they get the best out of their Aviagen flocks.

Erkin Erkmen

As part of restructuring in MENA, Aviagen has now strengthened the Ross team with Erkin Erkmen joining us from January 2023. Erkin has had a successful career in poultry, especially on the commercial side of the business. I am confident Erkin will continue to look after our Ross customers in the region with his vast experience. Aviagen will continue to invest in human resources to strengthen our teams in line with Aviagen’s rapidly developing business in the region.” Erkin Erkmen joined the Aviagen TMEA team in January 2023 as Ross International Commercial Manager for the MENA region. Erkin is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a Ph.D. degree in Poultry Pharmacology and Toxicology. He has worked in the poultry industry for 21 years, and has gained extensive experience and achieved great success in the Turkey, MENA and South East Asia regions through developing business in new markets and management of direct customers and distributors.

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