Regional CEO, AMAP, Vodafone, 47
It’s been a fast rise for Timuray. In July, Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao named her Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer of the $62 billion-in-revenue group, less than seven years after hiring her from the Danone Group. She began as CEO of Turkey and then was promoted to lead Vodafone’s vast Africa, Middle East, Asia and Pacific (AMAP) business. The new and highly visible position at the world’s second-largest mobile operator makes Timuray one of the most prominent Turkish executives at a Global Fortune 500 company. AMAP is the fastest-growing market in Vodafone’s portfolio, and the board is banking on her to mirror that success on a global scale when she assumes her new role in October.