Leaving the Tarmac is the most compelling business success story to come out of Africa. When Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and his team bought Access Bank in 2002 it was one of the smallest and most crisis prone Banks in Nigeria. Their goal was to build it into one of the biggest and strongest banks in the country. The resulting book reads like a financial thriller, while at the same time providing a detailed blueprint for how to create a sustainable business founded on excellence, how to build and lead a winning team and how to operate successfully in emerging markets. The author has written with stunning honesty about the set-backs as well as the triumphs that they met with along the way, providing an unrivalled insight for anyone planning to build a company or do business in the volatile but high-growth markets of modern Africa.
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, a philanthropist, banker and entrepreneur is the first Vice President of the Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He has had a distinguished banking career of over 25 years, 10 of which were spent at GTB (Guaranty Trust Bank Plc) where he resigned as Executive Director. In 2002 he led the successful management acquisition of Access Bank Plc, and under his leadership the bank has enjoyed one of the fastest growth trajectories of any African financial institution. He retired as CEO of Access Bank Plc in December 2013, leaving it in the very capable hands of Herbert Wigwe his business partner and deputy.