Executive Management

Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru, FCA- GMD / CEO

Mr. Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru (Tokunbo), is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program) and Lagos Business School (Senior Management Program). He holds a B.Sc (Economics) from Lagos State University and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Honorary Senior Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Tokunbo has had a distinguished career in banking spanning about 26 years, out of which ten (10) years was spent in the formative years of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. He thereafter, spent about Fourteen (14) years with First Bank of Nigeria Limited, where he functioned as Executive Director, Corporate Banking between 2013 and 2016.

During his banking career, he was at various times between 2013-2016 a Non–Executive Director in the following companies: Airtel Mobile Networks Limited; FBN Capital Limited (now FBN Merchant Bank Limited); and FBN Bank Limited Sierra Leone.

Tokunbo was the Honorable Commissioner of Finance for Lagos State Government (2011-2013), the economic capital of Nigeria, during the dynamic and transformational leadership of Governor Babatunde R. Fashola (SAN). He is happily married to and blessed with children.

Mr. Bayo Sanni - Executive Director

Bayo Sanni is a graduate of Finance from the University of Lagos. He also holds a Masters of Finance from the same University. He commenced his banking career with Zenith Bank, and has worked in other leading financial institutions including Citibank, Sterling Bank and FCMB from where he joined Skye Bank. His experience in these institutions covered various aspects of banking including banking operations, corporate banking, commercial banking, consumer banking, compliance and risk management.

A very well rounded banker, Bayo displays a very sound knowledge of the business and the industry. He also has a very good understanding of the imperatives and critical success elements for a sustainable growth in profitability. He is currently the Executive Director, Enterprise-Wide Risk Management

Mr. Idris Yakubu - Executive Director

Idris Yakubu holds a B.Sc Accounting degree from the University of Jos. He also holds an M.Sc in Banking and Finance from the University of Jos, Advanced Management Program Certificate from the Pan African University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Idris commenced his banking career 25 years ago, and spent the last 19 years with Fidelity Bank. Over the period, Idris worked in different areas of banking, including commercial, consumer, retail and public sector banking and has acquired a wealth of experience and competence in these areas. 

Idris is knowledgeable, very calm, cerebral and analytical. He possesses energy and passion to drive performance. He has under his belt, an enviable track record of consistent performance and achievement.  He is currently the Executive Director, South/South & SEED Directorate. He is a good team player, self-motivated and also goes to great lengths to motivate his team.

Mrs. Markie Idowu - Executive Director

Markie Idowu holds a First Class Bachelors degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Benin. She also holds a Master Degree in Software Engineering from Aston University, Birmingham, and an MBA from the Lagos Business School. She has over 26 years of cognate banking experience spanning commercial banking, corporate banking, private banking, and strategic planning. She also has experience in international business finance and Information technology. She cut her teeth in these key areas having worked in many leading banks including Fidelity Bank and GT Bank until she joined Skye Bank in December 2005.

She worked as the Head of the Corporate Banking Group where she positioned the Bank as a major player in the upstream oil and gas and telecommunications sectors amongst others. She is the pioneer Head of the Technology and Service Delivery Channels Directorate, and has significantly improved the Bank's service delivery via the various electronic and IT platforms.  

Markie is currently the Director in charge of Retail and Lagos Commercial Banking Directorate. This underscores the Bank's renewed emphasis on excellent service delivery as a major winning tool for business and its commitment to attaining cost leadership amongst its peers. She is also a very strategic thinker, and a very good team player.

Mrs. Abimbola Izu - Executive Director

Abimbola Izu is an alumnus of the University of Ife, and the University of Warwick, Coventry, England, where she obtained the LL.B and LL.M degrees respectively. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and is a multiple award winner, and a distinguished alumnus of the prestigious London Business School.

Bimbola is a seasoned technocrat, with several years' experience in the practice of law both in private legal practice, and in the banking industry. She was the pioneer Company Secretary and Legal Adviser for Skye Bank, and at various times, also anchored the Corporate Communications Department of the Bank, during which time she led the team in establishing Skye Bank as a household name.

Abimbola Izu is currently the Executive Director, Corporate Banking Directorate. She has a keen and cerebral mind with a deep understanding of the law and the ability to structure difficult transactions. She also provides strong corporate governance support to the Board, the Bank and its subsidiaries.

 

Mr Innocent Ike- Executive Director

Innocent Ike has over twenty-two years of successful professional banking experience acquired from leading Nigerian banks, mainly Access Bank Plc., GTBank Plc., and Keystone Bank, where he played very strategic roles in these institutions.
He was an Executive Director with Keystone Bank and has also worked as a General Manager in Access Bank Plc. As Group Head, Corporate, Institutional and Commercial Banking Divisions, Innocent Ike successfully developed and managed several high profile relationships with financial institutions, corporate and public sector clients in Lagos, Abuja and South-South regions.

Prior to joining Access Bank Plc., he worked in erstwhile Fortune international Bank Plc., and GTBank Plc., where he played several key roles in Commercial Banking, Treasury and Currency Trading as well as Operations and Technology Divisions. He also had valuable experience in Corporate Finance and Risk Management.

He started his professional career as a Senior Associate with Akintola Williams Deloitte, Nigeria before joining GTBank. Whilst at the accounting firm, he worked in the Audit, Consulting and Financial Advisory Divisions and was responsible for handling several key assignments.

Innocent obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, where he was the Best Graduating Student in 1988. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

He has attended several professional, management and leadership programs in world class institutions including Harvard Business School, International Management Development Institute (IMD) Switzerland, Euromoney London and Covey Leadership Centre.
Innocent is happily married with children.

Mohammed, Abdullahi Sarki- Executive Director

Mohammed, Abdullahi Sarki was born in August 1958 in Kano, Kano State. He had his early education in Kano and Kaduna States before proceeding to the Bowling Green State University, Ohio USA for his Bachelor and Masters Degrees. He returned to Nigeria in 1987 to commence his career with Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc., Sokoto, where he served as a Staff Development and Training Senior Instructor. He subsequently joined Century Merchant Bank Limited in 1991 as an Officer and Head of Treasury Department of Kano Area Office. During his stint at Century Merchant Bank he was saddled with the responsibility of establishing the businesses operations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mr. Mohammed would later in 1995 move to Kakawa Discount House Ltd. as the Admin Manager and later in 1998 was moved to establish the Abuja Area Office where he served as the head overseeing the 19 northern states. In 1999, he took up appointment as the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport in Kano State and Member, Kano State Executive Council. He was also at various times, the relief commissioner in the Ministries of Health and Water Resources. He later returned to Kakawa Discount House Ltd. until 2003 when he joined First Bank of Nigeria Ltd. where he rose to become a Deputy General Manager in 2013. He was at various times in First Bank responsible for the Bank’s Business Development in Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kano, Jigawa States as well as FCT - Abuja. He was until his appointment the Group Head in Charge of Commercial Banking in the North overseeing commercial Banking Business in the whole Northern Nigeria.

He has attended courses both in Nigeria and Overseas including those at the London Business School and the prestigious INSEAD Program for Achieving Outstanding Performance in Singapore. Mr. Mohammed is also member of the 37th SMP of the Lagos Business School and Honorary Senior Member of CIBN. He is an avid golf player and happily married with children.

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