Somer Gundogdu is the President, Middle East, Africa, and Turkey based out of Dubai, UAE. Somer has been with the company for over 20 years and has held different roles in R&D, supply chain, marketing, corporate accounts and general management. He currently oversees a region of nine operating entities, five branch offices and 30+ distribution countries with 11,000 direct / 14,000 total customers and a team of 700+ colleagues from 32 nationalities.
Prior to his current role, Somer managed the Diversey business first for North Africa and then for Middle East and North Africa. He led the Sealed Air integration and the startup of packaging business for the region, acquired and integrated the distribution business in KSA, worked around consolidating the backoffice functions and expanding portfolio and manufacturing network...
Prior to these roles, Somer was the Marketing Lead for Turkey and then the Marketing Lead for Central & Eastern Europe, Turkey, Africa, Middle East. Prior to the marketing roles, Somer worked for Unilever for eight years doing business development, sourcing and R&D work. He setup the Diversey business in Central Asia, establishing the distribution network, portfolio and route to market.
Somer holds a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) in Chemical Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Virginia Tech."