Abubakar Suleiman is a banker, a poet and an art patron. Abubakar, fondly called Abu, is the Chief Executive Officer at Sterling Bank Plc and has carved a niche for himself in the fiercely competitive financial services landscape by providing innovative responses and solutions to complex problems.
In April 2018, he was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc.
Suleiman joined Sterling bank in 2003 and has worked in different leadership capacities. He has been with Sterling bank for 16 years.
Primarily, Abubakar is a seasoned banker with over two decades of relevant experience in tax advisory, business audit and financial services. Also, he has proffered solutions to several challenging issues in the banking industry.
Abubakar Suleiman was born on August 19, 1973. He attended the University of Abuja and bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (B.Sc) in 1995. Also, he holds a Master’s (M.Sc) in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford in 2013.
He attended the Wharton School in 2017. Also, he attended executive education programs at Harvard and Saïd Business Schools. In addition, he is an alumnus of INSEAD Business Schools and Arthur Andersen (KPMG Nigeria).
Abubakar began his career as an Experienced Staff Assistant at Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Nigeria) in 1996. After, he worked at MBC International Bank (now First Bank) as a Management Associate before moving to Citibank Nigeria in 2000. In Citibank, he worked in Treasury, Asset & Liability Management
In 2003, Suleiman joined Trust Bank of Africa as the Head of Treasury and Finance. Then, in 2006, he was appointed Group Treasurer. And in 2011, he became the Integration Director.
As an Integration Director, he was tasked with managing and integrating Equatorial Trust Bank (ETB) into Sterling. Also, in 2012, he became the Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to the Board in April 2014.
In addition, Abubakar oversees the finance and performance Management; strategy and communications and human resource management.