The memory of Özlem İmece lives on with Darüşşafaka.
MasterCard has formed a fund within Darüşşafaka in memory of Özlem İmece who worked as the General Director of MasterCard’s Southeastern Europe Division until 2010 and passed away in April. Inviting all its business partners to support “Özlem İmece Memorial Fund”, MasterCard published an announcement saying: “Our beloved colleague Özlem whom we lost last April, has always supported one organization: Darüşşafaka… In an attempt to take over her treasured legacy, as the Global MasterCard Family we have set up a memorial fund for dear İmece. To uphold this fund, we will be running the 35th İstanbul Marathon on 17 November. The fund will be used to support the meaningful efforts by Darüşşafaka to serve our children.”
Having started her professional career in the loan marketing department of Yapı Kredi Bank, Özlem İmece later worked in Ankara Sheraton Hotel. Next, she became the marketing director of Interbank Card Service and in 1997 she joined the MasterCard team.
In two years, when she was only 30, she was appointed as General Director becoming one of the youngest general directors of MasterCard. Later, İmece was assigned as the Director General Director of MasterCard’s Southeastern Europe Division. In September 2010, she was appointed as the Head of MasterCard European Innovative Platforms and shortly after, she became an advisor in the same company. İmece was assigned as the head of innovation teams and activities of 51 countries including Belgium, the UK, and the USA. Until 2010 she worked as the General Director of MasterCard’s Southeastern Europe Division. On 25 April 2013, she died from leukemia she had been suffering for two years, at the age of 44.title