Maxine Imer was born in Liverpool, England in 1956. She studied Languages for Business at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. In 1978 she joined Creusot Loire Steel Co. Ltd. , the UK sales office of the French steel company, as sales administrator, and worked there until 1982, when she moved to Istanbul, Turkey. She joined the Koç Group in 1988, as executive secretary to Mr. Rahmi M. Koç
, assisting him on many projects such as the establishment of the Rahmi M. Koç
Museum and the setting up and running of the Edwards boutiques. Maxine Imer is married with 2 children. She is fluent in English and Turkish.