Executive Director/Vice President,
Financing Group/IBD Control
Controllers, Salt Lake City
Controllers, Salt Lake City
University of Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria)
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
Graduate degree: Mathematical Finance
Community Service, Hiking and Running
I earned my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, where I am from. Most of my peers wanted to work in the oil industry, but after having done an internship on an oil rig, I definitely didn’t want to go back!
I came to the United States for graduate school, where I participated in a program geared towards the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in finance at Rutgers University. A month after I arrived, I met a number of Goldman Sachs professionals at a career event and learned about opportunities at the firm, including a seasonal off-cycle internship with the tax department in the Goldman Sachs office in Princeton, New Jersey. I applied for the role and stayed way beyond the internship - in fact, I worked there until I graduated from Rutgers.
Presently I manage the Controllers team supporting the firm’s Investment Banking Division. I started my full-time career with the firm in the Operations Division and relocated to Utah late 2010 with the group. I took an internal mobility opportunity in 2012, moving to the Finance Division as one of the founding team members of the Controllers team supporting the Investment Management Division.
My team has Controllers oversight for the Investment Banking Division. Controllers ensure that the firm meets all the financial control and reporting obligations of a global, regulated and public financial institution. My team helps measure the profitability of and risks associated with the firm’s Investment Banking activities. We prepare periodic P&L for the Investment Banking Division as well as reporting packages, including analysis of P&L drivers for external reporting (earnings release, 10-Q and 10-K).
The most unique thing about Goldman is that it provides many opportunities to learn. I’ve done over 1,000 hours of training since I joined the firm, on everything from leadership, to doing business in growth markets. I also constantly learn from the people I work with and have always found that when you ask someone a question, they’re very willing to explain things or set aside time to discuss with you.
Outside of work, I enjoy running and doing community service. I picked up hiking and running when I moved to Salt Lake City - I do 5Ks, 10Ks, and I’ve done a half marathon, too. On community service, I led the team that created local chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in Salt Lake City as part of efforts to build a thriving community of black professionals. I’ve helped teach, provide résumé writing skills and general advice about school and education opportunities to high school and college students.