MR. BEN AKANEME - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mr. Akaneme holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and MBA in Banking and Finance also from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.
He lectured Civil Engineering in the University of Agriculture, Makurdi between 1987 and 1989. In 1991, he joined the finance industry with Cosmopolitan Bancshares Limited and later moved to Capital Bancorp Limited. He joined Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in January 1994 but left for Access Bank Plc in 1998. He rejoined Guaranty Trust Bank plc in September 2002 as the Group Head Commercial Banking in the South East Division of the Bank until April 2004 when he returned to Corporate Banking Group in the Head Office to establish the Construction, Real Estate and Power Team which he expanded to comprise two Construction Teams and a Real Estate Team. He was seconded to GTHomes Limited by GTBank Plc as an Executive Director from February 1, 2009.
He has attended various professional courses locally and abroad.
MR. BOLANLE CHRISTOPHER ARUNA -GM/GROUP HEAD, RETAIL MORTGAGES
Mr. Aruna graduated from the Lagos State University, Nigeria in 1992, with a B.Sc. Degree in Economics. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife. He became an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Nigeria Chartered Institute of Management [NIM] in 2006.
He started his working life with Union Trust in 1997 as an Executive Trainee, until 1998 when he joined Tubs Investment & Trust Company Limited as a Senior Officer. In 2001, he moved to Finacorp Building Limited [a subsidiary of Bank PHB] as a Senior Banking Officer. While with Finacorp Building Society Limited, he rose to the position of a Branch Manager in 2004, and Head of Credit and Risk Management in 2006. In June 2006, he moved to Oceanic Homes Limited [a subsidiary of Oceanic Bank International Plc] as one of the pioneer staff as Head of Credit & Mortgage Department and a member of the management committee. He joined Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Ltd. in October 2007. He is currently the General Manager and heads the Retail Mortgages Group.
MR. ADENIYI ODEYALE – GROUP HEAD, OPERATIONS
Adeniyi holds a degree in Economics from Ambrose Alli University and Masters in Finance from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. Adeniyi has attended various professional and leadership training program over the years.
Adeniyi Odeyale is a consummate banker with key expertise in Banking Operations, Customer Service Management, Treasury Operations/Funds Management, Credit Administration and Quality Control. He presently heads the Transaction Services Group. Prior to joining GTHomes Limited in 2009, he was with Skye Bank Plc. where he pioneered the operations at the Ajose Adeogun Branch, Victoria Island, Lagos. Adeniyi started his banking career with Afribank Plc. in 1999 before moving to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. in 2000.
During his stint with GTBank he was at different times in Settlement Group and Transaction Services Group. Adeniyi has a strong interest in the delivery of quality service to customers and was at various times part of committees set up to drive quality and process improvement initiatives. He has won many awards as a result of his zeal for customers delight.
MRS. RONKE AKINLEYE - GROUP HEAD, COMMERCIAL MORTGAGES
Ronke Akinleye obtained a B.Sc in Mathematics & Statistics from University of Lagos and MBA in Finance from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
She has over 15 years mortgage banking experience which cuts across marketing, relationship management, credit underwriting and product development. She has attended various trainings over the years. She started her banking career as an Executive Trainee in Mustard Seed Mortgage Bank and later joined Global Trust Savings & Loans (a subsidiary of IGI Group) in 2004.
In 2006, she moved to Oceanic Homes Savings & Loans Limited (a subsidiary of Oceanic Bank International Plc.) as the Credit & Mortgage Officer. She later joined Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank as a Banking Officer in 2007. She is currently a Manager heading the Commercial Mortgages Group of the bank.
MR. ADEBAYO SOBAYO - HEAD, MORTGAGE SUPERVISION UNIT
Bayo is a trained architect, having obtained a bachelor and Masters Degree in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, graduating with honors. He forayed into Project Management and has a Masters degree in Project Management from National University of Singapore (NUS).
He worked locally at different times as an architect for over 8 years with Darchi Workgroup, GYB Consults Limited and Tricoti Limited. He rose to the position of Project Manager in Tricoti Limited, a position he held till he forayed finally into active Project Management. He started his Architecture career with HB Design Pte. Singapore, and later moved to Heligen Pte. as Senior Designer
He is a member of the Nigeria Institute of Architect, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) UK. Bayo joined Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Ltd. in July 2010 and currently heads the Mortgage Inspection Unit of the bank.
MRS. LINDA TOBI-ISIEKWENA - COMPANY SECRETARY AND GROUP HEAD, LEGAL SERVICES
Mrs. Linda Tobi-Isiekwena is a seasoned legal practitioner with over 10 years’ experience in Mortgages, Corporate Finance and Real Estate. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Benin, Nigeria, a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a Master in Business Administration from the prestigious Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She has also attended various professional courses locally and abroad on corporate and commercial law practice, mortgage lending, negotiation, arbitration and corporate finance.
Mrs. Linda Tobi-Isiekwena started her legal career in top notch Nigerian Law firms before pursuing a career as an in-house legal counsel. She joined Imperial Homes as an Executive Trainee and currently holds a dual position as the Group Head, Legal Services and the Company Secretary of the Bank.
Mrs. Tobi-Isiekwena is also a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the International Bar Association.
MR. SOMUAWINE AZANI – HEAD ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT
Mr. Azani holds a Diploma in Accounting & Finance, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics both from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Management & Finance from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.
He started his mortgage banking career with Midwest Savings & Loans before joining Finacorp Building Society which later became Mortgages PHB Limited under the former Bank PHB Group; he worked as the Internal Control Officer and subsequently headed the Financial Control Unit.
Mr. Azani joined GTHomes Limited in 2009 as the Financial Control Officer, left for a stint with Dwellings Realty, Birmingham United Kingdom and later Pistis Management Consulting Services in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria as the Lead Consultant.
He rejoined Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited in 2014 as the Head, Enterprise Risk Management Unit where he nurtured the unit to full operation.
He has attended various professional courses both locally and abroad and has written some peer reviewed academic journals on Corporate Governance, Ownership & Control published in Sumy, Ukraine.