Ümit Önal obtained his Bachelor degree with a major in Advertising and Public Relations Department from Istanbul University in 1995. After that he held various managerial positions in the areas of advertising, production, content/broadcasting/advertisement sales in Turkey’s leading media companies including TGRT and Kanal 7. He joined Turkuvaz Medya Group, initially as the General Manager of ATV and then he served as Executive Committee Member and Advertising VP for all brands operating under the Group. Mr. Önal served as General Manager at Show TV between 2014 and 2015. Following that he served as CEO and the Executive Board Member of Digiturk between 2015 and 2016. He played an active role during the acquisition of Digiturk (change of control from SDIF).
He has more than 20 years expertise in media industry, which gave him a chance to be a part of Turkey’s media transformation and he has been active in NGOs throughout his career. He is the former Chairman and current Board Member at TİAK (TV Monitoring and Research Committee) and committee head at TVYD (Association of TV Broadcasters).
Ümit Önal is serving as Sales and Customer Care Assistant General Manager (under TTNET) since December 2016.