Who We Are

Levent Baktir

Managing Director  / Founder

He is highly qualified Master Mariner and Director, having a brilliant experience both in professional Merchant and Superyacht Industry. He made his respected and bright career starting as an Oceangoing Master on ships and Superyachts as well. He continued his career as Fleet Superintendent and as Project Manager on various Superyacht Refit projects. Later on as Managing Director of Palmarina Bodrum (Superyacht Marina), as General Manager of Palmali Superyacht Fleet. He is also founder of Xone Superyacht Group.

Ilker Yener

General Manager

Mr. Yener qualified as Oceangoing Master, already spent his years on board as Captain on large vessels and he has a bright and smart experience in Ship Management as Marine Superintendent and Crewing Manager. He also made his career on Yachting Industry as Captain and “Vice Project Manager” of a fleet consisted on 46m Expedition Motor Yacht and 36m Ketch/Sailing Yacht as well during their refit and fleet operation process for 4 years.

Belek Ozturkcan

Head of Training Department

Belek joined the Xone team in 2016 as Head of Training Department. As he holds A II/2 Master Unlimited after a bright career at sea, he made another extraordinary career underwater. Belek was managing PADI SCUBA Diving Center and also was working as freelance Insurance and Maritime Law consultant for Shipping Industry. He is exclusively accepted as expert and has his vast know-how on Class and Statutory Surveys, Certifications and on site Operational Management.

Aydin Sonmez

Senior Surveyor / Naval Architect

Aydın graduated from ITU Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Faculty in 1989. He is a top qualified and experienced marine surveyor, has always been at the south-west coast part of Anatolia. He has studied specially on yachts as designer and has taken part in the yacht projects of new built and refit. Before joining Xone Team, he worked at the same area as a Regional surveyor of a Classification Society, in commissioning process of new built yacht surveys and also process of class renewal surveys of the existing yachts.

Eda Deniz

Sales & Marketing Manager

Eda Deniz studied Electronics at Bogazici University and Business Administration and Marketing at Marmara University. Ms.Deniz served as Marketing and Public Relations Manager at several well-respected companies in luxury retail business in Istanbul for more than 15 years. She attended into sailing world few years ago, recently qualified as an International Bareboat Skipper presently and aiming to reach to instructor level. She has joined Xone Yacht as Sales & Marketing Captain and is looking forward to utilizing her marketing communications expertise in Superyacht Industry. In addition to her passion for sailing, she is addicted painting, photography and travel.

Alyona Shkarupeta

Sales & Marketing Supervisor in Russia and CIS

Alyona has finished two universities in Russia as Public Relation Specialist and English Interpreter in Business Communication. She is living in Turkey since 2009 and has more than 17 years experience as journalist and editor. She also has vast experience on PR and Marketing more than 10 years. She is in love with Sailing and holding her licence as Bareboat Skipper. She joined Xone team in 2016.

Betul Ozaltin

Customer Relations / Operations Supervisor

Betul Ozaltin has joined Xone Team after having a respected experience at Anadolu Group as Sales Executive for 7 years. She has a bachelor degree on Business Administration and Master degree at Economics and Administrative Sciences. Ms. Ozaltin had an extensive research, continued with specialized training and certified exclusively on “Employment and Business Consultancy” in Yachting Industry. She is qualified as Sailing Yacht Skipper and loves racing.

Ugur Pehlivanoglu

Recruitment / Operations Supervisor

Ugur is qualified as experienced Marine Officer and worked at sea for 5 years. Prior to join Xone team, he also made his carrier as deputy DPA /CSO and Safety Superintendent. He had experience for planning and implementing internal ISM, ISPS, safety, quality and environmental audits. He also has a vast experience in crew recruitment and employment operations in respected companies offering career opportunities globally.

Zerrin Soylugil

Training Coordinator

Born in Izmir. Graduated Izmir Girls College. She has great experince on Tourism & Yachting industry over 20 years in management level in Southern Turkey and Canada as well. She has been working at Xone Superyacht Academy for 4 years as Training Coordinator for internationally accredited trainings.

Sorya Meliani

Superyacht Hospitality Instructor

Soraya has joined the xone team in 2017 after spending 17 years at sea as a chief stewardess as well as a chef onboard super yachts. She has got a professional hotelerie school certification for hotel and restaurant management in France. Started as a restaurant manager in France at age of 23! Soraya is highly experienced in her domaine.

Gokhan Bayramoglu

Senior Sailing Instructor

Gokhan Bayramoglu graduated from Yildiz Technical University. From a young age he worked as sailing and windsurfing instructor at accredited schools both in France and Turkey. For several years he managed instructor and training programmes at these schools and competed in sailing regattas. In 2005 he opened his own school and since has been successfully training many people of all abilities from all over the world in, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and yachting. Gokhan is also an active member of the Xone yacht training and racing teams.