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Executive Management

Meet the members of the Sterling Bank Executive Team.

Managing Director/CEO

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.

Executive Director

Grama Narasimhan

Mr. Grama Narasimhan currently serves as the Executive Director, Retail and Consumer Banking at Sterling Bank; a role he has held since October 2014.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class) from Bangalore University, Karnataka, India in 1982. His 30-year-old career which began as an Officer with State Bank of India (SBI) in 1987 has seen him hold various positions at senior levels in Credit/Advances, International Banking and Branch Operations.

He is a Certified Associate of the prestigious India Institute of Bankers.

Executive Director

Yemi Odubiyi

With a knack for connecting the dots and uncovering trends in the financial markets, Yemi finds unique opportunities for the bank’s corporate clients to invest and grow their assets while inspiring them to reach for new horizons.

Yemi has over two decades of banking experience, blending expertise in trade and structured finance into policies for defining and implementing the overall strategic goals of the bank.

Prior to his appointment as ED, Corporate & Investment banking, Yemi was responsible for the design and oversight of the bank’s systems, processes, workflows & procedures as the Chief Operating Officer, a role he worked in for six years.

Yemi is an honorary senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB) and an alumnus of the prestigious University of Lagos

He is a Certified Associate of the prestigious India Institute of Bankers.

Executive Director

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.