Alemsah Ozturk

CEO / Chief Happiness Officer, 4129Grey and Chief Digital Officer, Grey EMEA, Turkey

Alemsah co-founded 41? 29! in February 2007. In the first 5 years, 41? 29! became the most awarded and successful digital advertising agency in Turkey. As a result, 41? 29! was acquired by WPP in 2012, pushing the boundaries even more.

Before 41? 29! he founded several agencies and start-ups, naming him the youngest creative director in Turkey at the age of 24. Alemsah’s work on prestigious accounts over the last 20 years has been honoured at Cannes Lions, the Clio Awards, Eurobest, Golden Drum, D&AD, Webby awards and many others.

He has worked as a juror at Cannes Lions, Golden Drum, New York Festivals and several other local & global award shows.

He is very active on social media with 250K+ followers on Twitter, sharing his thoughts on his blog about creative culture and self development. Alemsah is also very influential speaker and sought by many organisations such as TEDx, and international creativity conferences.

He is acknowledged as the entrepreneurial example of Turkey by USA VP Joe Biden. As an angel investor, he invested into more than 15 start-ups and he spends time mentoring young entrepreneurs.

As of May 2015, Alemsah became the new CEO of 4129Grey, merging Grey Istanbul Advertising Agency and 41? 29! Digital Advertising agency into a new fully integrated communication agency. Alemsah also works as part of Grey’s global digital council, helping EMEA agencies to push forward in digital & innovation.

While he isn’t working on creative projects, he is working on finishing his next book, writes articles for Harvard Business Review and plays games.


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