Akin Ceylan, Executive Vice President, Lionsgate Entertainment

April 27, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Akin Ceylan
Executive Vice President
Lionsgate Entertainment

Akin Ceylan joined Lionsgate Entertainment in October 2005 and is serving as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations. Akin is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Operations in Home Entertainment and is responsible for overseeing supply chain related activities for distribution, DVD/Blu-ray manufacturing, system development that supports Home Entertainment, and supplier partner agreements – all with an emphasis on collaboration & execution, service performance, and cost efficiency.

Akin also served as Senior Vice President Domestic Operations at MGM Studios from 1999 – 2005 and was responsible for overseeing the Home Entertainment Group’s operational activities in North America where he played a key role in the development and management of self-distribution as part of MGM’s strategic growth plan.

Before joining MGM Studios in 1999, Akin’s tenure in retail spanned 19 years. He originally began his career with Dixie Farms Markets as a Clerks Helper from 1980-1983. Soon after, he spent 14 years with American Stores Company working in various capacities in both divisional and corporate headquarters, that included such responsibilities as a: Clerk, Grocery Store Manager, Replenishment Buyer, Replenishment Analyst, and a National Inventory Manager. Akin was instrumental in the development and implementation of American Stores centralized procurement & logistics program that served seven divisions and 1700 retail locations from 22 distribution centers through out the nation.

From 1997 – 1999, Akin joined Gelson’s Markets as a Grocery Category Buyer where he was responsible for developing category plans and pricing strategies to maximize margin and sales targets for an assigned group of categories.

Akin’s diverse background in retail and consumer packaged goods with a large emphasis in servicing customers is invaluable in achieving Lionsgate Entertainment’s strategic goals.

Akin Ceylan received his BSBA Management from Chapman University in 1990 and received a certificate in Contract Management from University of California Irvine in 1995.

Akin currently serves as the Vice Chair on the DEG’s Supply Chain Committee.

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