*Ayoku Liadi

The financial subsidiary of Sifax Group, Sky Capital and Financial Allied International now has a new Group Managing Director (GMD). He is Ayoku Liadi.

His appointment was sequel to a decision of the board of the company contained in a statement issued in Lagos and made available to Maritime Bits.

Liadi is expected to oversee all Sky Capital’s subsidiaries and affiliates in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Gambia.

Sky Capital Group presently has investments in banking, insurance brokerage and asset management while some of its subsidiaries and affiliates include Skye Bank Guinea, Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Bloom Bank Gambia and Sky Capital Asset Management.

An accomplished financial expert with over 25 years of progressive experience, Liadi was prior to his appointment, the Deputy Managing Director, UBA Nigeria, where he was in charge of about 500 branches nationwide.

He also served as the Managing Director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Guaranty Trust Bank, Sierra Leone between 2011 and 2013 where he recorded outstanding achievements and led the bank to become the most profitable bank in 2013. His exceptional leadership also earned the bank the prestigious KPMG award for the Best Customer Service Bank in 2012.

Liadi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, an ACA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Lagos. 

According to the statement which was signed by its Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Muyiwa Akande, Liadi’s expertise in business transformation, operations, financial control and relationship management has earned him several awards throughout his career. He is an alumnus of Kellogg Business School, USA; Cranfield Business School, UK; IMD Business School, Switzerland and other prestigious institutions.

Speaking on the appointment, the Group Executive Vice Chairman, Sifax Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi said the quality of the new helmsman was informed by the company vision to drive pan-African expansion of Sky Capital Group.

His words: “As part of the group’s expansion and transformation plan, which is targeted at strategic positioning, improved service delivery, corporate re-engineering and next level strategic growth, we are delighted to appoint Mr. Ayoku Liadi to provide strategic leadership and drive growth at our financial subsidiary, Sky Capital and Financial Allied International. Though the company is relatively young in the market, we believe this quality of leadership will position it for the level of success we are targeting.”


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