Haluk Kayabaşı was born in Kayseri in 1957. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Marmara University in 1980.
In 1981, he was employed by Assan Demir ve Sac Sanayi A.ş. an Associate Export Specialist to work at the Export Department. Then he served as Export Specialist, Assistant Export Manager, Export Manager and Foreign Trade Manager at the same company. In 1998, he started to work as the Foreign Trade Coordinator at Kibar Holding, and then he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Kibar Holding. In 2012 he became the Head of the Kibar Holding Metal Group.
In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Directors at Kibar Holding, Kayabaşı was appointed as the COO of the company in April 2014. He also worked as the General Manager of Assan Alüminyum from 12.10.2015 to 19.07.2016.
With his leadership roles, Haluk Kayabaşı made a significant contribution to the institutionalization and growth targets of the Kibar Group, where he is still leading transformation programs such as the company’s digital transformation.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Kibar Holding, a member of the Board of Directors at Posco Assan, and the Chairman of Board of Directors at Assan Hanil and in April 2018, he became the CEO of Kibar Holding along with all of his duties.
He was appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee of IICPSD (Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development), which is one of the six global Policy Centres of UNDP. Thus, in 2020 he stood as the only member to represent private sector in Turkey within the committee. Kayabaşı is also a member of the Board of Directors of UNGC Turkey and the Vice Chairman of TALSAD (Turkish Aluminium Industrialists Association).