Executive Management

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.

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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