Pinar Yucealp

Human Resources Director

Pinar Yucealp is the Human Resources Director of IBM Middle East and Africa (MEA). Pinar leads IBM’s people

strategy, skills, employee experience and services in IBM MEA. She is a seasoned IBM executive with over 20 years of academic, consulting, and corporate experience.

Pinar was appointed MEA HR Director in 2022 becoming the first woman executive to take this role at IBM in the region. She joined IBM in 2017 as the HR leader for Turkey and MEA Industry Solutions and Business Development

where she elevated the perception and brand of HR internally and externally. Pinar was then appointed as MEA HR leader for IBM consulting in Dubai in 2021.

Before joining IBM, she has worked with various consultancy and global companies such as DHL Express, Management Center Turkey, Groupama Insurance & Pension and Zurich Insurance.

Pinar is an enthusiastic, outcome-driven HR Leader who drives to create inclusive culture across our enterprise with experiences and expertise in transformation, consultancy and building alliances across multiple organizational levels.

Pinar holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hacettepe University English Language Teaching, specializing in adult education and educational psychology and worked as a lecturer at Bilkent University.