ABUBAKAR SULE

Deputy Managing Director

Mr. Sule is currently the Deputy Managing Director with oversight function for the North and Public Sector Directorate. He has over 28 years of cutting-edge banking experience with competencies in Corporate Banking, Operations, Treasury Management, Strategic Planning, as well as possessing very strong relationship management skills.

He started his banking career in 1989 at the Central Bank of Nigeria rising to middle level management before leaving for GTBank Plc as Head of Local  Currency Trading. Shortly after, he joined UBA Plc and then Continental Trust Bank Limited (also now UBA Plc) rising to the position of a Deputy Vice President.

In 2003, Mr. Sule joined NAL Bank Plc as a Senior Management staff with responsibility for Treasury and Strategic Planning, a position he held up to 2006 when the bank merged with 4 other banks to become Sterling Bank Plc. He was appointed Project Coordinator during the merger exercise and played a key role in the post-merger integration of the Banks that transited to Sterling Bank.

He also served briefly as the Managing Director of Sterling Capital Limited, the Investment Banking subsidiary of Sterling Bank Plc in 2009. Whilst at Sterling Capital Limited, he was appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria as a part of the Executive Management team to turn around the fortunes of the erstwhile Intercontinental Bank Plc during the financial crisis of 2008/2009, an assignment which was successfully completed in 2011.  He eventually returned to Sterling Bank as Executive Director, North and Corporate Banking, a position he held until his voluntary retirement in 2014.

Mr. Sule, a graduate of Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Banking. He is an alumni of INSEAD, France (Advanced Management Program) and the WHARTON School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA (Executive Management Program.) He is a current member on the Faculty on International banking of the Chartered Institute of Banking.

He is happily married.