Cigdem Oktem

Cigdem Oktem is the EY US Central Region Center for Board Matters (CBM) Leader. She is thoughtful and thought-provoking in identifying and bringing critical issues to boards and CEOs who are grappling with today’s uncertain business environment as they transform for the future.


Cigdem launched the regional approach to help client boards and C-suite executives benefit from the practices of their peers and CBM insights. She is a sought-after speaker and facilitator for board and CEO events around the country.


How Cigdem is building a better working world:  Companies and their boards are in the midst of a transformation that will ultimately determine the future we collectively share. I bring the right issues to the table for discussion and action. Understanding and communicating the story at hand is my focus. The power of storytelling is that it enables leaders to understand what is happening and therefore ask the right question. Without the story, there is no question. And without the right question, there is no real progress.