He was born in 1959 in Gaziantep. He majored in Business Administration at ODTÜ. Okutur, who spent his university days working through becoming an entrepreneur, founded Simit Sarayı Inc. in 2002 and he served there as the Chairman of the Board until 2016. Simit Sarayı, where Okutur is still functioning as the Honorary Founding President, opened its first shop abroad in Holland in 2010, and currently welcomes over 1 million people in 426 shops in 25 different countries every single day. By the opening of the first and only simit factory in the world to mass produce our traditional tastes under hygienic conditions, Simit Sarayı became the symbol of delicacy that carries our traditional tastes across the world.
Haluk Okutur currently holds the position of Chairman at the Board of Rella Gıda.Okutur founded HSG Tarım in order to support agriculture, farmers, and the country and he is still the Chairman of the Executive Board.
Okutur was elected as the President of the Board at Istanbul Cereal, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters’ Association, under Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), in April 2018 and he is Honorary Founding President of Simit Sarayı.
Haluk Okutur serves as board member in various civil society organizations and he takes part in many conferences on entrepreneurship both in Turkey and abroad as a speaker. Okutur is married with 2 children.