Mr. Oluwole Abegunde is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and Authorised Dealing Clerk of The Exchange with over 24 years’ experience in the finance industry. He graduated from University of Ibadan in 1987 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He thereafter studied Business Administration at the University of Ilorin and obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree in 1990.
Mr. Abegunde began his career with a high-profile global firm at International Tobacco Company (formerly Phillip Morris Nigeria) and subsequently worked in other prestigious companies like Unilever Nigeria PLC as the Brand Manager, and Surf and Industrial Detergent. In 1991 however, he veered into the finance industry when he joined Afribank Nigeria PLC where he trained and worked as a Credit Officer. He also worked with Emerald Finance and Investment Ltd and Reward Investment and Services Ltd where he trained and qualified as a Stockbroker in 1996.
In 1999, Mr. Abegunde was appointed General Manager of Investment Centre Limited, an investment subsidiary of Broad Bank Nigeria Ltd, from where he joined NAL Bank PLC in year 2000. While in NAL, he was seconded to Nigerian Stockbrokers Limited (NSL) - the stock broking subsidiary of the Bank and later returned to the Capital Market Group of the Bank to handle fund management responsibilities.
Mr. Abegunde became the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Meristem Securities Ltd in August 2003. Meristem Securities Ltd is licensed by the Securities & Exchange Commission as Broker/Dealer, Issuing House and Fund Manager and also a Dealing Member of The Exchange. Meristem Registrars Ltd, Meristem Wealth Management Ltd and Meristem Trustees Ltd are subsidiaries of Meristem securities Ltd.
He currently serves on the Board of Berger Paints PLC, FTN Cocoa PLC, Etranzact International PLC and Intergraded Diaries Ltd (makers of Farm Fresh yoghurt).