Temel Kotil is an aeronautical engineer and serves as the president and CEO of the Turkish Airlines since April 2005. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University with a B. Sc. degree in 1983. Awarded a scholarship by the Turkish Ministry of Industry in 1984, he was educated at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S. obtaining a M. Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1986 and another M. Sc.