“If there is one thing that stands out for me, it’s my belief that life is not worth living if you don’t dare to do the impossible. That is the purpose I live by, both on a personal as well as professional level. It makes life much more interesting to push conventional boundaries and has brought me where I am today. I’m a big believer of personal growth at any stage in life. As the future generation I want to encourage you to express who you are, because that’s freedom and that freedom will make you happy in whatever it is that you choose to do”
Pinar Abay was appointed a member of the Management Board Banking on 1 January 2020, responsible for ING in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. In 2011, at the age of 34, Pinar took on the role of CEO of ING in Turkey. In 2016, she also became a non-executive member of the board of ING in Belgium. Before joining ING, Pinar worked in Istanbul, San Francisco and New York for McKinsey & Company, serving US-based banking clients. Pinar was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1977. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bilkent University, Turkey, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, USA.