Executive Management

Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA- GMD / CEO

Adetokunbo Abiru, 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 thirty (30) 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 and blessed with children.

Innocent C. Ike- Executive Director

Polaris Bank Innocent Ike imageInnocent Ike has over twenty-eight (28) 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.

Abdullahi S. Mohammed - Executive Director

Abdullahi S. Mohammed 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

Ayo Abina - Directorate Head, Southern Business

Dr. Ayo Abina is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years (Sixteen of it at Top Management) banking experience and by 2009 had risen to the level of a General Manager in commercial banking and a non executive director in other financial institutions 

Over the years, he has developed strong leadership and motivational competences to support and drive his teams to the realization of their full potentials in the business world, especially in Lagos, South West, Abuja and North Central Nigeria.

He has worked across several key areas of the industry, including Operations, Treasury, Risk Management, Corporate Banking, Relationship Management, Project Finance, Strategy and Organizational Re-engineering Process, Retail Banking and Public Sector with a good grasp of the diverse risk elements in financial intermediation. He has successfully undertaken projects in Retail Product Deployment, Construction and Public Private Partnership. A key and valuable team player of the Bank’s executive committee whose stellar banking pedigree earned him the conferment of a Doctor of Banking & Finance  (Honoris Causa), by the Lead City University, Ibadan and Doctor of Economics by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti 

Ayo is a facilitator in Leadership, Negotiation Skills and Decision Making to professionals and the academia. He has had the privilege of participation in Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurial Courses across some of the leading Business Schools of the world, including Harvard, INSEAD(AMP, 2011), Lagos Business School, London Business School, MIT In Boston  and the South African Business School(SMP,2005) He is presently the Directorate Head (South) of the Bank, comprising the South West , South South, South East regions. Ayo is also Chairman of Board, Cocoa Product Ltd, Ile Oluji (CPIL).

He is happily married and blessed with children..

Segun Opeke - Directorate Head, Lagos Business

Segun Opeke is a result oriented professional banker with over twenty six years hands-on work experience acquired from leading Nigerian commercial banks with over fifteen of these years in Senior and Executive Management. Segun has played various strategic roles in the various institutions and led the consumer banking team in FSB International Bank, he served as the area manager in charge of the Victoria Island and Ikoyi business of Prudent Bank Plc. Prior to joining Skye Bank Plc, he had also worked in Chartered Bank Limited where he started his banking career. 

Upon the consolidation to Skye Bank in 2006, Segun worked as the bank’s treasurer, Regional Director for Victoria Island and Ikoyi and also the Group Head for Corporate Banking and the Aviation and Maritime at various times. He is presently the Directorate Head, Lagos Business and has consistently built on the Bank’s leadership position in the Corporate and Commercial Banking space drawing on his wide industry experience while impacting positively on his team. He has been a strong asset to the Bank over the years bringing real value on board as a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. 

Segun holds a B.Sc (Banking and Finance) and MBA from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, New York. He has attended several professional, management and leadership programs in world class institutions including INSEAD and Euromoney, London.  

He is happily married with children

Olufemi Aribaloye - Directorate Head, Enterprise-Wide Risk Management

Femi Aribaloye is a disciplined and focused professional with a banking career spanning 29 years. Over the years, he has demonstrated capacity to give direction and support to the realization of corporate objectives and deliver value to stakeholders. He is a strong team builder with motivational influence and good inter-personal skills.

He started his banking career in 1990 with Chartered Bank Limited where he gathered experience in credit and business development working as a frontline officer across Corporate Banking, Branch Banking and Treasury Marketing. He was part of the foundational team of Prudent Bank Plc., in 2000, where he started one of the branches as the Branch Manager before transiting to head the Credit Risk Management function of then Prudent Bank Plc. The consolidation in the banking industry in 2006 saw him become the Head of Risk Management of Skye Bank Plc, where he was a pivotal part of the setup of the risk management function and frameworks for the Bank. He is currently the Directorate Head, Enterprise Risk Management/Chief Risk Officer of Polaris Bank Limited.

Femi holds a first degree in Business Administration from the University of Ilorin and an MBA (Finance) from University of Liverpool. He has over the years acquired significant Board experience representing the Bank on the boards of both local and international subsidiaries as a Non-Executive Director.

 He is an alumnus of Pan African University (Lagos Business School) and has also attended the Senior Management Programme (SMP) at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France amongst various international and local training programmes. Femi is also an Honourary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

He is happily married with children.

Rotimi Omotayo - Chief Internal Auditor, Internal Audit Group

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Rotimi Omotayo is a qualified accountant and chartered banker with several years of in-depth experience in Banking and Finance, Compliance & Control, and internal auditing. He is a good team player and an effective, hardworking and self-motivated officer with excellent interpersonal skills deployed toward improving customer service, operational processes, strategic planning and compliance & control. He has over 28 years cognate banking experience, having previously worked as a Senior Accountant with the Ogun State Housing Corporation.

He started his banking Career with defunct Gateway Bank Plc., in 1991 where he acquired experience in corporate planning, performance management, financial control and regulatory compliance before moving to EIB International Bank Plc in 1999 where he functioned in similar capacity. In the aftermath of the consolidation exercise in July 2004, he was part of the team that set up the operational framework for erstwhile Skye Bank Plc., where he later became the Head of Branch Coordination in the bank at the end of the exercise in 2006 with responsibilities to ensuring effective operational and seamless processes in branches and maintenance of strong ethical standards within the rank and file of the operations staff. He was later redeployed as the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and the Group Head of Internal Control in the same organization. He is currently the Chief Internal Auditor of Polaris Bank Limited.

Rotimi holds a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye. He is a professional fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). He is also a member of the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).   

He is an alumnus of Pan African University (Lagos Business School) and have attended various management, professional and leadership programmes and seminars both locally and internationally on improving business processes; enhancing system security, combating economic crimes and ensuring regulatory compliance among others.

He is happily married and blessed with children.