Abubakar Suleiman

Managing Director and Chief Executive of Sterling Bank Plc.


Abubakar Suleiman, fondly called Abu, is a seasoned professional with over 19 years of experience working in the banking industry. He is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Sterling Bank Plc. Currently, his top priority is achieving Sterling’s primary financial intermediation role through intervention in sectors that can enable growth, enrich Nigerian lives and create a future of shared prosperity for all. These priority sectors are Health, Agriculture, Education, Renewable Energy and Transportation which is known as the H.E.A.R.T of Sterling. Before his current role, he served as the Executive Director, Finance and Strategy, and Chief Finance Officer of Sterling Bank. He is also the executive sponsor of the Bank’s non-interest banking business (Sterling Alternative Finance).

Previously, Abu has worked in various finance and leadership roles at Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Nigeria), MBC International Bank (now First Bank) and Citibank Nigeria. He regularly serves as a panelist in various state and national summits on business, finance, economy and leadership. Some of these summits include the Oracle CEO Summit and the Nigeria Economic Summit Group. He serves on the Board of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the Advisory Boards of Lagos Business School (LBS) and Enterprise Development Center (EDC). 

When he is not on the job, which is rare, he enjoys poetry, driving and music.