Serdar Karagoz on Wednesday took over the reins of Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s top news source, from his predecessor, Senol Kazanci.
The handover of the board of directors helm and director general duties was made during Anadolu Agency’s regular annual meeting at its headquarters in the capital Ankara.
During the general assembly, following their six-year tenure, the makeup of the board of directors also changed, with Serdar Karagoz, Yusuf Ozkir, Hasan Nuri Yasar, Ismail Caglar, and Busra Karaduman Aktuna elected to the new board.
In the first meeting of the board of directors, Karagoz was elected Anadolu Agency board chairman and director general.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Kazanci said they strived for the success of Anadolu Agency and thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support.
Kazanci called it a great honor to fly the flag at Turkey's premier news agency.
“We’ve worked intensely for six years to realize the goal of making Anatolia's voice heard worldwide. I sincerely believe that the new administration will carry this mission much further,” he said, adding that the handover ceremony would set an example for all institutions.
“I’m happy to see that the new board of directors, chaired by Serdar Karagoz, has the experience to carry Anadolu Agency to a stronger future,” Kazanci said.
He thanked all the members of the board of directors who worked with him, as well as experienced agency staffers “who made Anadolu Agency a global brand.”
Karagoz, for his part, thanked the Kazanci administration for bringing the agency to its current heights.
"Anadolu Agency is among Turkey’s most important institutions,” he said. “The mission of making the voices of our country and Anatolian people heard worldwide gives us a great responsibility."
Karagoz said they will also work diligently to fulfill that mission.
"Anadolu Agency’s success on the international stage gives us a greater responsibility from now on," he said.
Karagoz also thanked President Erdogan for supporting the agency, saying they will try to be more effective in the world as Turkey’s growing news agency.
*Writing by Sena Guler