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Mert Gursoy

Senior Marketing Leader / Head Of Brand / Professional Consultant / Photographer
Portfolio website
https://www.gursoymert.com/
About

SUMMARY

Previous Brands
Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard
Anadolu Efes
Anadolu Efes
Anadolu Efes
Efe Raki Tr
Distillat Studio
Work Experience
Founder, Marketing Consultant, Head Of Brand, Professional Photographer
May ‘23 - Now
Distillat Studio

Assisting SMEs in consultancy basis, lead them build their brand equity, gain presence and recognition in their sector of activity. Leading the marketing teams and projects, shaping marketing processes and workflows. Also working as a corporate photographer, providing artistic direction for marketing assets when required.Assisting SMEs in consultancy basis, lead them build their brand equity, gain presence and recognition in their sector of activity. Leading the marketing teams and projects, shaping marketing processes and workflows. Also working as a corporate photographer, providing artistic direction for marketing assets when required.

Senior Regional Luxury Portfolio Manager
Sep ‘18 - Dec ‘21
Pernod Ricard

Luxury portfolio brands in various categories were managed in collaboration with national distributors within the highly challenging context of key MENA markets. Responsible of Blended Scotch, Single malts, Cognac and Champagne portfolio of Pernod Ricard. Developed region and market level strategic framework by defining key business targets, consumer and business challenges, key battlegrounds. In charge of strategy design and asset delivery, developed 360 activation plans on market level for both on trade & off trade sales channels, communication campaigns, trade marketing initiatives.

Senior Brand Manager
Jul ‘14 - Sep ‘18
Pernod Ricard

(Olmeca, Altos, Avion Tequila, Beefeater Gin); Category leader tequila brands and leading gin brand has been successfully managed in challenging dark market conditions. Main challenge was the very strict restrictions and guidelines imposed by the government to limit promotion of alcoholic beverages to consumers. •Key Achievement: Alibi brands have been launched successfully which allowed to continue marketing activations through brand experience and digital marketing initiatives. On trade collaborations, sponsorships to biggest youth festivals are done successfully to connect with the local audience. Influencer campaign was launched in 4 different waves which was defined as a major communication tool. •Key Achievement: Dominant leadership of Olmeca and clear perception of consumption has left a very little room for growth for the category. Altos and Avion tequilas launched in local market to generate further growth in volume and value through targeting a diversified audience. Those new launches improved the portfolio financials and played active role in the development of tequila culture.

Global Brand Manager (CIS, MENA)
Feb ‘13 - Jul ‘14
Anadolu Efes

(Efes Pilsener, Efes Zero); Flagship brand Efes has been successfully managed in Russia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, KSA and UAE countries. Dominant leadership of well-developed beer brands in CSI countries led a big challenge for regional brand Efes. •Key Achievement: To connect with local audience, global brand communication strategy and campaign assets were created and launched in Russia, Kazakhstan markets. Separately in line with the scope, non-alcoholic quality Efes Zero campaign assets created and launched in UAE and KSA markets successfully to gain share in soft drinks category which has been dominated by global industry giants. •Key Achievement: Euroleague Basketball main sponsorship was managed successfully for 2 seasons in direct contact with league management, arena and city activations were managed in London and Milano cities during F4 periods. Sponsorship rights were managed including arena digital brandings, consumer incentives.

Brand Manager
Jan ‘12 - Feb ‘13
Anadolu Efes

(Marmara Bira); Economy segment leader was managed and relaunched across 100% Malt category competition to support overall portfolio growth. •Key Achievement: Due to diminished performance of flagship brand Efes Pilsen, a tactical approach was pursued through Marmara Bira which directly targets competition. National campaign (print ad and digital) was created and launched to change the perceptions of beer drinkers over 100% malt category.

Trade Marketing Supervisor
Feb ‘09 - Jan ‘12
Anadolu Efes

Key Achievement: To tackle with the negatively impacted on trade volume due to growing trend of Rakı and cocktail culture among young audience, new on trade concepts and bartender advocacy initiative was launched to grow traffic and protect the business of shareholders against growing categories.

Assistant Brand Manager
Jan ‘07 - Jan ‘08
Efe Raki Tr

(Efe Yaş Üzüm Rakı, Kara Efe Rakı); Active participation to the launch of first private sector rakı brand. •Key Achievement: National communication campaign launched.

Languages
French - Work Proficiency
English - Fluent
Turkish - Native
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Full-time
Part-time
Employment Preference
Freelance Assignments
Permanent Positions
Education & Training
Speos Ecole De Photographie
‘22 - ‘23
Certificate
Professional Photography
Northwestern Kellogg University
‘21 - ‘21
Certificate
Prof. Certificate In Digital Marketing,
Middlesex University
‘03 - ‘05
Master's Degree
Master of Management
Cankaya University
‘98 - ‘03
Bachelor's Degree
BS in Business Administration and Management
Paris, France