Canan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She attended the University of Istanbul and graduated with a doctorate degree in Dental Medicine in 1985. Canan received her master of business administration degree from Bosphorus University. She worked as a Doctor of Dental Medicine until she joined the Pharmaceutical Industry at the end of 1989. She worked on various marketing and commercial leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry. She moved to Paris France for a global marketing leadership role in pharmaceutical industry in 2004.
After working 4 years based out of France as Global Leader for Metabolic Diseases, in March 2007 she joined General Electric Healthcare as VP of Marketing for Region International, responsible from Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa & China. In March 2009 she was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Healthcare Systems and she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to join the Global Leadership team and worked on innovation, strategy and marketing of new products. In November 2011, she has been promoted to Global General Manager of Mammography and has moved back to Paris, France to lead GE Healthcare Global Mammography business.
She has been appointed as President and CEO, GE in Turkey responsible from GE’s growth in Turkey as a leading emerging market in August 2012. She is a Vice Chair of the Board of TEI (TUSAŞ Engine Industries Inc) and METCAP Group KOMET. She is also on the boards of ABFT (American Business Forum in Turkey) and WCD (Women Corporate Directors) Turkey Chapter. She recently completed a master degree on Energy Technologies from Sabanci University (2015 September).