Mr. Abiola E. Ekundayo - Group Managing Director/CEO
Group Managing Director/CEO - WAICA Reinsurance Corporation plc
Mr. Ezekiel Abiola Ekundayo is a seasoned insurance Practitioner with more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry.
He started this worthwhile career in 1984 with a broking firm in Lagos, Nigeria. He worked with WAPIC Insurance Company Limited, Nigeria, for few years before joining Globe Reinsurance PLC in 1989. The hard-working and resourceful Ezekiel was consistently identified with the company's growth, and in recognition of his contributions, he was appointed Executive Director in 2000 and later confirmed as the Deputy Managing Director in 2001. Ezekiel continued to be result-driven and goal-oriented, and he was eventually appointed as the Managing Director /CEO of the company in 2007. He piloted Globe Re to the Francophone countries on the West African Coast, thus making Globe Re the first Nigerian Reinsurance company to do business with the Francophone world.
Ezekiel Ekundayo joined WAICA Reinsurance Corporation in July, 2011 as the Pioneer MD/CEO. He started this noble Corporation from the zero level and grew it to become one of the fastest growing/leading reinsurance companies in Africa today.
Under his leadership, the Corporation embarked on strategic business expansion which resulted in the establishment of four (4) Subsidiaries and four (4) regional offices within a short period.
Ezekiel was appointed the Group Managing Director/CEO in September 2018, and he sits on the Boards of the subsidiary companies.
His experience as an insurance practitioner covers wide areas of the profession, including brokerage, marketing, underwriting, reinsurance, investment and risk management. He has varied experience in executive management and technical fields, having attended courses, both locally and internationally. Some of the courses he has attended include 'Leading the Team Course' at Lagos Business school, Nigeria, 'Reinsurance strategic management' at the prestigious Wit Business School, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and 'Managing people Effectively' at D&B Business Training Services, London. He is a bilingual executive who speaks English and French fluently.
Ezekiel Abiola Ekundayo believes in insurance education and workforce development, as a result of which he has continued to train the younger professionals who can confidently take over tomorrow the mantle of leadership in the insurance profession. He is a member of the Governing Council, West African Insurance Institute. Member, Society of Fellows, West African Insurance Institute. He was conferred with the Fellowship of WAII for Academic Excellence and Development of the West African Insurance Institute, The Gambia, in 2019
He graduated from the Lagos state polytechnic, Nigeria, where he studied Insurance, and he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Lagos State University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London (with specialization in Reinsurance) and Chartered Institute of Marketing, Nigeria.