Kaan Otcu


Office Location: Istanbul

Phone: +90 212 3506300

Kaan Otcu is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Istanbul office, and has been with the firm for 10 years. He primarily focuses on the Industrial, Insurance, Automotive, Energy, and Telecom sectors. Otcu is also the leading partner for all Turkish Holding Group of Companies.

In Search, Otcu serves across Functions such as Chief Executive Officers, Board of Directors, Financial Officers, Corporate and Government Affairs, and Marketing & Sales Officers.

Otcu is also a Member of the Leadership Consulting arm of the Firm and is a licensed executive assessor.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Otcu established TunaTour and Zen Insurance Companies and owned the Marmara Region distributorship for the STFA-Ogden service partnership. Prior to that, he spent eight years with leading news print companies Hurriyet and Star Groups. His early career between 1970-1993 composed of professional basketball, where he played at Efes Pilsen, served as a Team Captain and secured 11 times the national championship at the Turkish National League.

In conjunction with his career accomplishments, Otcu became one of the Founding Members of the infamous ARI Foundation/Think Tank and was a Board Member in a number of non-profit organizations, which brought involvement with the World Bank and work with numerous EU funds.


Otcu owns a baccalaureate from Kalamis College and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Anadolu University.