Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer
Ayodeji Adigun is the Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer and member of the board at Nova Merchant Bank Limited. He has over 30 years of banking and finance experience with strong background and competencies in financial control, performance management, project management, operations, technology, human resources, audit, strategic planning and business transformation.
Prior to his current role, he was the Chief of Staff to the GMD/CEO at the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA). He also served at various times as the Head, Strategy and Business Transformation, the Chief Financial Officer (North Region), Chief Operating Officer, UBA Properties and Head, Performance Management during his time at UBA.
Mr. Adigun has served in several executive roles in the banking industry including the Chief Finance Officer , Head Corporate Development Standard Trust Bank as well as Head Financial Control Diamond Bank Plc, in addition to the Head Corporate Planning & Development and Head Financial Control at NAL Merchant Bank. In the course of his banking career, Mr. Adigun has extensively played a key role in the conception and deployment of turnaround strategies for business segments/units, initiated several cost optimization measures that resulted in appreciable reduction in cost-to-income ratio, has been deeply involved in the articulation, review and co-ordination of organizational polices in order to facilitate the decision making process, improve operational efficiency and enhance productivity. Furthermore, he has spear-headed the design and implementation of budgetary control systems, performance management systems and several new products.
Prior to joining the banking industry, he worked at Ernst & Young as an Audit Senior after a brief stint as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Lagos.
Mr. Adigun possesses a B.Sc. Hons in Accounting (First Class) from the University of Lagos. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is also an alumnus of the Senior Management Programme at the Lagos Business School.