Since the beginning of her professional life, Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ has been involved in initiating new projects. In 1990 while working with Milpa she brought the German Mail order company, Quelle, to Turkey and headed the company until 1993. In 1994, she took part in the establishment of Alternatifbank and served as a board member. A year later, she became the CFO of Milliyet Magazine Group. She joined Kanal D in 1996 and was in charge of various departments. One of her major accomplishments was the launching of CNN Turk in 2000, which was the result of the negotiations she initiated in 1999 with Time Warner Group.
In 2005, she became the CEO of Doğan TV Holding, the parent company of Kanal D, CNN Turk, DMC, D Productions, D-Smart satellite platform and radio concerns. In 2007, she was elected as the first female President of the country’s leading business organization, TÜSİAD – Turkish Industry and Business Association, in the organization’s 40 year- history. She held this post until 2010, and then moved to become a member of the Council of Presidents of the Association. She has been also serving as the Vice President of High Advisory Council.
After leaving her post at TÜSİAD, she took over the chair of Doğan Holding from her father, the founder of the company, and started as the first member in the second generation of the family to lead the organization.
She is one of the founding board members of Aydın Doğan Foundation, established in 1996 and served as the Chairperson between 2010 and 2011.
The then Foreign Minister, and former President Abdullah Gül, appointed her as a honorary ambassador of Turkey to the EU; with this capacity, Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ launched the “Women’s Initiative for Turkey in the EU.”
She is among the founding members of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey - KAGIDER; she was also selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She assumed duties in the Board of Directors of Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). She has been among the founding members of Turkish American Businessmen Association (TABA) and assumed duties in the Board of Directors. Again, she was one of the founders of the Turkish Third Sector Foundation - TÜSEV, and has been a founder and a board member of Istanbul Modern Art Museum since January 2004. Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ is a member of Vodafone Turkey Foundation Advisory Board and also a member of Koç University Corporate Governance Forum Strategy and Advisory Board and is the Board Member of American Turkish Society.
She is also on the International Advisory Council of Paley Media Center in New York and Expo 2015 Milano. She was awarded the title of Commander of Italy’s Star Order (Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia) in 2009. She is a member of World Economic Forum’s Industry Partner of Media, Entertainment and Information (MEI) Executive Board.
Currently, Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ is the Chairperson of Doğan TV Holding. She is married with two children.