Board of Directors

Asue Ighodalo



Mr. Asue Ighodalo is a Partner in Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading corporate and commercial law firm in Nigeria, which he founded in partnership in 1991. His core practice areas are corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking & securities, foreign investments & divestments, energy & natural resources, privatization and project finance.

A product of the prestigious Kings College, Asue obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Economics from University of Ibadan in 1971, LL.B in 1984 from London School of Economics and a BL in 1985 from the Nigerian Law School. A member of several professional associations, Asue sits on the Board of several public and private companies.

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sterling Bank in May, 2014, and subsequently as Chairman in July, 2014.

Rasheed Kolarinwa



Mr. Rasheed Kolarinwa is presently the Chairman of Capiflex Management Ltd.

His banking career started in 1981 with International Merchant Bank Nigeria Ltd, after which he moved to Chartered Bank Plc in 1989. He assumed various senior management roles and thereafter moved into Executive positions between 2005 and 2007 as an Executive Director and later as Deputy Managing Director.

Mr. Kolarinwa holds a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada as well as an M.Sc. in Business Administration with concentration in Finance and International Business from the Schulich School of Business, York University, also in Canada.

Tamarakare Yekwe



Ms. Yekwe is currently the Principal Partner, Kare Yekwe & Co. (Legal Practitioners & Consultants). Prior to this, she was a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and the Presidential Technical Committee on Housing and Urban Development.

In addition to being the pioneer Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State, Ms. Yekwe served as a Director in a number of institutions including the Federal Savings Bank of Nigeria, Continental Merchant Bank of Nigeria Plc, International Merchant Bank Plc and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Lagos. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981.

Omolara Akanji



Dr. (Mrs.) Akanji is currently a member of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force.

Her early career started with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1978 as an Assistant Economist. She rose through the ranks and retired in December 2007 as Director, Trade and Exchange Department. She also served as a Consultant to the CBN between 2008 and 2011.

She holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, a Diploma in Statistics from the University of Kent, Mathematical Institute, and a PhD. Finance from the European-American University, Commonwealth of Dominica.

Olaitan Kajero



Mr. Kajero is presently the Managing Director of STB Building Society Limited- a position he has held since 2006.

He started his career as Finance and Admin Manager at Communication Associates of Nigeria Limited in 1997. He went on to serve as General Manager and Group Chief Operating Officer in Aircom Nigeria Limited between 2001 and 2006, where he was responsible for general business development and managing the day to day activities of the Company.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos and an MBA Finance from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye in Ogun State.

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sterling Bank in August, 2014.

Tairat Tijani



Mrs. Tijani graduated from the Lancaster University with Honours in Accounting, Finance & Economics. She also graduated with a Distinction in MBA, International Business from the University of Birmingham. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Nigeria.

Mrs. Tijani has garnered significant experience as an operator in the Capital Market, participating in several landmark transactions which have contributed immensely towards the development of the Nigerian Capital Market. She was formerly the Head, Capital Markets Division of FBN Capital (a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc- formerly First Bank of Nigeria Plc) where she had oversight responsibility for deal origination and transaction execution.

She was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sterling Bank in November, 2014.

Tairat Tijani



Mr. Michael Jituboh worked for 17 years in the African Development Bank in Ivory Coast where he successfully held the positions of Loan Officer, Senior Executive in charge of International Organizations, Special Assistant to the President and Director, International Co-operation Department.

He is widely travelled and has extensive experience in Project Lending and Management. He previously served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of the erstwhile Devcom and Equitorial Trust Banks.

Mr. Jituboh holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Federal City College (now University of Washington DC), USA and a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Economic Studies from Stanford University, California, USA. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Program for Management Development (PMD).

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sterling Bank in December, 2015.




Mrs. Akinsanya holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics & Public Administration from Bedford College (Now Holloway College) University of London, the professional qualifications of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators UK (ICSA); and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

Her work experience spans both the public and private sectors; having worked with the Securities & Exchange Commission Nigeria (SEC) for over 11 years, Citibank Nigeria for 4 years, British American Tobacco for 5 years and Private Venture Capital initiative (FBC Beverages Company Limited) for 6 years.

She was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sterling Bank in March, 2015.

Yemi Adeola



Mr. Yemi Adeola currently serves as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc – a role he has held since December 2007.

Born on 30th January, 1959, Mr Adeola obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ife in 1982 and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983. He thereafter obtained a Master of Laws degree specializing in the Law of Secured Credit, Comparative Company Law and International Economic Law from the University of Lagos. He was at various times a University lecturer and a consultant with the firm of Price Waterhouse.

Mr Adeola commenced his banking career with Citibank in 1988 serving as Chief Legal Counsel & Company Secretary; later as Executive Director, Public Sector & Infrastructure Banking; and subsequently the Commercial Banking Segment. He left Citibank in 2003 to pursue the turnaround project of Trust Bank of Africa Limited (TBA), serving as the Deputy Managing Director between 2003 and 2005. Upon the consolidation of TBA into Sterling Bank in December 2005, Mr Adeola assumed the role of Executive Director, Corporate and Commercial Banking and remained in that capacity until December 2007 when he was appointed as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.

Mr Adeola is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and has undertaken senior management/ executive education programs covering various business areas at leading international institutions like Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, Oxford University and the Wharton School.

Lanre Adesanya



Mr. Lanre Adesanya currently serves as an Executive Director at Sterling Bank– a position he has held since January 2006.

Prior to this, he served in various senior management capacities at NBM Bank Limited (former Nigbel Merchant Bank Limited) during the 1990s, rising to become Executive Director in 2004, and subsequently Managing Director/CEO in 2005. He obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics, both from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Kayode Lawal



Mr. Kayode Lawal started his career with NBM Bank where he worked from 1987 till 2005. During this period, he excelled in various marketing roles and was subsequently appointed as the bank’s Treasurer. Following the consolidation exercise and the emergence of Sterling Bank in 2006, he was again assigned to Marketing, to head various regions in Lagos, a testament to the confidence placed in his abilities on the field.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and has professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Columbia University Graduate School of Business and University of Oxford.

Abubakar Suleiman



Mr. Abubakar Suleiman started his banking career as a Management Associate in MBC International Bank (now First Bank Plc) in 1998. In 2000, he moved to Citibank Nigeria where he worked in roles covering Treasury and Asset & Liability Management. He served as Treasurer in Sterling Bank and later Integration Director for the merger with Equitorial Trust Bank.

Abubakar is currently the Executive Director, Finance and Strategy with responsibility for Finance & Performance Management, Strategy & Communications and Human Resource Management.

Born on 19th August, 1973, he has two decades of relevant experience spanning tax advisory, business audit and financial services. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Abuja and an M.Sc. in Major Programmes Management from the University of Oxford. He is also an alumnus of Arthur Andersen (KPMG Nigeria), Wharton School and INSEAD Business School in addition to executive education from Harvard and Said Business Schools.

Grama Narasimhan



Mr. Grama Narasimhan obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class) from Bangalore University, Karnataka, India in 1982. He started his banking career as an Officer with State Bank of India (SBI) in 1989. He has held senior positions in Credit/Advances, International Banking and Branch Operations. He is a Certified Associate of the prestigious India Institute of Bankers.

He is presently serving SBI internationally in Nigeria as an Executive Director of Sterling Bank Plc since December, 2014.

Yemi Odubiyi



Mr. Yemi Odubiyi currently serves as the Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of Sterling Bank Plc – a role he has held since December 2014.

Mr. Odubiyi was born on 2nd September, 1972; studied at the University of Lagos and holds a first degree in Estate Management (1994) as well as a Master in International Law degree(1998) from the same institution. He started his banking career with the Nigeria unit of Citibank NA (at the time known as Nigeria International Bank) in 1995 as an Operations & Technology Generalist serving across all its Operations and Technology functions and was thereafter enrolled in its ManagEment Associate program undertaking stints across all key units of the Bank.

He left Citi to join the turnaround team of the then Trust Bank of Africa in 2003 as Head of Operations & Technology. Upon the consolidation of Trust Bank into Sterling Bank Plc, Yemi served as pioneer Group Head, Trade Services. In 2008, he was mandated to build the Structured Finance Group and also assumed oversight for corporate strategy serving as Chief Strategy Officer. Over the course of his career, Mr Odubiyi has undertaken senior management/executive education programs in Risk Management, Finance, and General Management at leading international educational institutions including the London and Harvard

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