Strengthening accountability and aiding economic growth while advancing the principles of good governance, diversity, and competitiveness
Ertan is the founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of WSD Capital Management, a value-oriented investment firm that commits people, capital, and fortitude to help address the critical issues facing public companies.
Ertan is known for his unique position in the investment profession built on a distinctive process of developing outstanding assets into outstanding companies through benevolent hostility.
An outside advisor to CEOs and boards on matters relating to strategic redirection, improved operational execution and efficient capital allocation, Ertan specializes in the discovery and development of special situations with a compelling catalyst to unlock value and drive growth. He is the first activist investor and global hedge fund manager in Turkey and one of Europe’s most influential shareholder activists. In its first year of operation, WSD Capital Management pioneered activist investing and shareholder activism in Turkey, which led its Turkey-based portfolio companies to generate more than $1 billion in shareholder value.
Committed to provoking ambitious progress, Ertan’s work focuses on driving competitiveness and strengthening governance in today’s rapidly changing world by building a culture of high standards. His variant views and passion for challenging the status quo has gained him support among CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and global institutional investors with more than $100 billion in assets under management.
“Life’s all about doing what’s right rather than what’s popular, because whenever you’re focused on living up to other people’s standards, you aren’t focusing on raising your own.”
Prior to forming WSD Capital Management, Ertan founded The Warschild Group. He began his career as an investment banker in Turkey and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial markets, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and special situation equities.
In 2009, Ertan established the Warschild Foundation to help alleviate the world’s most pressing development challenges through public-private partnerships and by preserving and promoting civil society involvement.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and an MBA from the University of Miami’s School of Business.