Executive Interview : GOLD Award winners - Interview With Vildan Cal Özel from Global Bilgi
Vildan Cal Özel from Global Bilgi, a telecom provider in turkey shares with our members her experience of winning a gold medal at the Top Ranking Performers Awards conference in London in 2015.
Can you tell us about the company you work for, the center you work in and your role?
Turkcell Global Bilgi, the Leading Customer Experience Center of Turkey, operates with 13,000 employees and a capacity of 8,500 seats at a total of 20 centers; 15 centers in Turkey, 4 in Ukraine and 1 in Russia. Besides its broad experience in telecom sector, Turkcell Global Bilgi has expertise and wide range of customer portfolio in sectors such as public, retail, finance, IT, and media/entertainment sectors. The company specialized in working with cost effective strategies driven by optimum usage of channel mix. Carrying its pole position in exploiting high-end technologies and processes, Turkcell Global Bilgi provides end-to-end contact center solutions.
Having been in the contact center industry for 15 years, I have worked as IT Portfolio Manager in Turkcell Global Bilgi and am responsible for creating and implementing the strategic IT roadmap of the company. I also managed a special program which aimed to utilise leading edge speech technologies like speech recognition, text-to-speech, voice verification and call steering solutions to create a strategic advantage to the company.
Now, I am working as Operation Director and trying to deliver the best customer experience through all customer touch points with a team of more than 2,000 agents.
Which Top Ranking Performer Awards did you enter and why did you choose them in the first place?
Best Home/Remote Agent program and Best Self Service Technologies. The main reason that we chose these categories is that these projects are unique in our market and during the implementation phase we learned a lot. We would like to share this experience and also see the similar projects in other markets.
You won two GOLD medals - how do you feel about being a champion?
Now, I can understand the feeling of Oscar winners ;)
Can you tell us about the sense of pride you have now that you won a medal for your company and country?
These projects required a lot of work. It is not only an application form or presentation, but it is the experience that is achieved after many years. Completing these efforts with this prestigious award is seamless.
How does your company justify your involvement in this process? i.e. how do they know it's valuable enough to participate?
This is not a personal involvement, it is actually the decision of company upper management. We know the importance of this award and every year, the projects that will be the candidates for this award is being selected by company management.
For those who are considering entering these awards, what would you say to those who are not sure about the value of these particular awards?
There are lots of companies from different industries and markets. It is not only an award, it is also an opportunity for benchmarking or experience exchange. Additionally, you have the opportunity to prove that you're the best of the best.
Lastly, as you have been to one of our events, how would you describe the ideas from fellow presenters?
This is the one and only place to see and share real experiences. There is no marketing brochure, but there are real business results. We learned a lot from each other. Please come and join us and be the part of this valuable experience exchange.
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About Turkcell Global Bilgi:
Turkcell Global Bilgi was established as a Turkcell Group company in 1999. It provides services from a total of 18 locations, 14 in Turkey, 4 in Ukraine with over 12.000 employees with a seat capacity of 8.000. In addition to Turkcell Global Bilgi's experience in the telecom industry, the company provides services in finance, energy, public sector and retail industries and for a wide customer portfolio. With customer experience focused industrial solutions, the company creates value in the fields of customer services, customer acquisition, telesales, technical support, customers retention and loyalty, collections, customer information management and analysis. Turkcell Global Bilgi manages customer experience via various channels such as Face to Face (F2F), Telephone, Audio, Automated Response Systems (IVR & IVVR), Web chat, E-mail, SMS, Web, new generation customer experience platform BiP and Social Media.
Published: Friday, April 8, 2016