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Sani Şener honored with l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur

France honored TAV Group CEO Sani Şener with l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur (The National Order of the Legion of Honour), which is the highest French order. The ceremony held at Palais de France was attended by participants from business, art and academy world and TAV Group executives.

TAV Group CEO Sani Şener was honored with l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur by France thanks to his contributions to the bilateral relations between Turkey and France. Mr. Şener was presented la Légion d'Honneur by the Ambassador of France to Turkey, Mr. Charles Fries, during the ceremony which was held at Palais de France (French Palace) located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

During the speech he gave at the ceremony held at Palais de France, the Ambassador of France to Turkey, Mr. Charles Fries, said: "The French Republic has bestowed the badge of l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur, the highest and oldest French order established by Napoléon Bonaparte, to Mr. Sani Şener for his exemplary professional life and his great contributions to the economic relations between the two country and to express our gratitude". Underlining the partnership between TAV and Aéroports de Paris, the Ambassador continued: "This partnership is a true "success story" in terms of recent investments of France in Turkey, and in my opinion, it is a smart and profitable as well as exemplary strategy for our countries. I hope this partnership would inspire other economic sectors as well".

TAV Group CEO Sani Şener expressed: “I am highly honored and glad to be bestowed this honorable badge by the French Republic. Turkey and France has established centuries old deep-rooted, historical, economic and cultural bonds. In 1988, only 15 French companies were operating in Turkey; while the number of companies including French capitals has increased up to 1,400 lately. The volume of trade between Turkey and France is 16 billion Euros. The French company ADP invested approximately 1 billion dollars in TAV Airports, the company in which I have been working as the President and CEO, and this has been one of the biggest foreign investments made in Turkey. Since then, TAV has been investing in third countries together with ADP as a Turkish-French companies’ joint venture. I have also been appointed as the chairman of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkish-French Business Council and together with the Board of this council; we support the investments of Turkish-French companies to be made in third countries. We will continue to endeavor at every platform we exist to contribute to the development of the relationship between the two countries".

La Légion d'Honneur is the highest French order established by the French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802 for military and civil merits to honor the extraordinary services of the people.

TAV Group CEO Sani Şener has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in engineering from KTÜ Mechanical Engineering Faculty for his invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish engineering at the international level, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in business administration from the Hellenic American University for his accomplishments in Project and Risk Management throughout his tenure at TAV.

Mr. Şener is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe and was elected the President of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkish-French Business Council in 2012.