The High Commissioner
His Excellency Mr. Adeyinka Asekun (Born on the 11th of June 1956) is a business management professional, a seasoned banking and marketing/sales practitioner, and the current Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada. Adeyinka is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Marketing. He went on to obtain an MBA from California State University, where he wrote several highly regarded papers dealing with topics in International Business with a focus on marketing topics.
He began his professional career with S.C Johnson & Son (U.S.A), a $2-billion-dollar FMCG multinational company in 1983, where he was responsible for selling, merchandising, field intelligence, implementation of sales/marketing programs at retail level, developing programs and promotions. He also handled marketing research and product management functions at the Nigerian subsidiary of SCJ. He has taken up different managerial positions—largely in the financial services sector—in Nigeria and abroad since then.
Over time, he has worked at the International Merchant Bank, United Bank of Africa(UBA), and Oceanic Bank Plc (acquired by Ecobank Transnational Incorporation in 2011). Noteworthy among his assignments in these institutions were; Head of the National Sales Force and Head of Retail Credit Products at UBA Plc, Head of Retail Banking at Oceanic Bank, and Acting Managing Director of Oceanic Savings & Loans.
While at UBA Plc, Adeyinka won an award for product innovation for leading a team that developed and launched two highly innovative and successful consumer loan products.
He joined the Board of Directors of Wema Bank Plc in August 2012, serving as the Chairman of the Board Risk Management Committee and a member of the Board Credit Committee. He became Chairman of Wema Bank in December 2012, playing a leading role in the successful turnaround and transformation of the Bank including returning the bank to profitability, upgrading to a National Banking license from a Regional license, and launching Africa’s first fully digital Bank (ALAT). He stepped down as Chairman of the Bank in May, 2017.
Adeyinka was, until his recent appointment as the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, the Chief Executive officer of Hebron Limited, a full-service training and consulting company based in Lagos, Nigeria, and a Non-Executive Director at e-payment services provider eTranzact International Plc.
He is happily married to Mrs Olawunmi Asekun and is blessed with four children.