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2,500 CEOs Convene in Istanbul for YPO Global Leadership Summit

More than 2,500 chief executives are gathered in Istanbul today and tomorrow for the 2013 Global Leadership Summit hosted by YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM.

The event, one of the largest gatherings of chief executives in the world, brings together YPO members from more than 100 countries for exclusive dialogue with world leaders on navigating challenging and changing economies; firsthand accounts from former heads of state; and idea exchange with business leaders on the front lines of the economy.

Keynote presenters include Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Ireland; Lord Sebastian Coe KBE, chairman of the British Olympic Association; Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil and ONE DROP; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company; George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece; and Gerhard Schröder, former chancellor of Germany.

Turkish Minister of EU affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağiş said, “It is a momentous event for Turkey and Istanbul, the world’s most beautiful city, to host YPO’s Global Leadership Summit. Young business leaders will visit Istanbul from all over the world to discover all our country has to offer. The YPO Summit supports the Turkish economy by showcasing the country as an attractive place to invest and do business.”

“Istanbul is the perfect place for our annual event as we explore how we as business leaders will move forward and remain connected as global citizens,” said Hamdi Onar, chairman and chief executive officer of Retro Investments, Inc., chair of the YPO Europe Region and a member of the YPO Istanbul Chapter.

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