Executive Management

Abubakar Suleiman



Mr. Abubakar Suleiman currently serves as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc – a role he assumed on 1st April, 2018. 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 School.

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 was the Integration Director for the merger with Equitorial Trust Bank. He attained the role of Executive Director, Finance and Strategy with responsibility for Finance & Performance Management, Strategy & Communications and Human Resource Management. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Suleiman briefly assumed the additional role of the Executive Director in charge of the Commercial & Institutional Banking Directorate, before his appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

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

Emmanuel Emefienim



Emmanuel Emefienim commenced his banking career with Oceanic Bank Plc (now Ecobank Nigeria) in 1992, where he rose to the position of Head, Credit & Marketing before joining United Bank for Africa Plc as Manager, Commercial Banking. Mr. Emefienim also worked in Savannah Bank Plc and FSB International Bank Plc (now Fidelity Bank Plc) over a period of six years before joining Equitorial Trust Bank (ETB) in 2006.

In ETB, he excelled and rose to the position of Zonal Business Director. Following the acquisition of Equitorial Trust Bank and its consolidation into Sterling Bank in 2011, he assumed the position of Regional Business Executive covering the South-South 2 Region, a role in which he excelled, leading to the expansion of his responsibilities to cover the entire South-South & Mid-west Regions in 2017.

Emmanuel Emefienim is currently the Executive Director, Institutional Banking, Sterling Bank Plc. He has over 25 years of experience in, treasury, sales, credit and institutional banking.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), two Masters’ degrees in banking and finance, as well as business administration from the same university. Emmanuel Emefienim is also an Alumnus of both the Harvard Business School and Wharton School, Pennsylvania.

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