Prior to joining AIICO Insurance Plc. Mr. Ayodele Bamidele was the General Manager/CEO of STI Leasing Limited, an Associate Company of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, which provides cutting-edge financial services aimed at supporting the business landscape in the country for both individuals and corporate entities. Prior to Ayodele s appointment as GM/CEO, he was the GM, Finance & Investment for Equity Assurance Plc from 2010-2012. He was at a time the Chief Operating Officer for EA Capital Management Limited, a subsidiary of Equity Assurance Plc.

He once worked with the now defunct Celtel Nigeria as Manager in the BSS Programme Management Division and Corporate Finance between 2004 and 2007. He had at various times worked with Kasmal International Limited, Leadbank Plc and NAL Bank Plc in different capacities. Ayodele has attended both local and international courses bordering on Leadership, Finance, Accounting and Risk Management.

Educational background:

He holds a Master s Degree in Finance from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom where he came out with a distinction. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN; Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Chartered Institute of Bankers respectively and is a Registered Manager of the Securities and Exchange Commission.