Mr. Smart Tope, an insurance graduate and an award winner from the University of Lagos (1987) is also an Associate of both the Chartered Insurance Institute, London (ACII) 1990 and the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN) 1991. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka 2000.
A seasoned Underwriter and Marketer, he started his Insurance career with the firm of Everyman Insurance Brokers, Abuja in 1987. The Management of the Company later discovered the abundance of talent in him and he was therefore recommended to head the Abuja Branch of the firm but he left for Nigeria-French Insurance Company Limited in 1989 in order to widen his experience.
While there, he served the company in various capacities and rose to the position of Head of Marine Unit before leaving for Perpetual Assurance Company Limited as one of the pioneer management staff in 1991. He became the Assistant General Manager (Operations) of the Company before leaving to team up with Vigilant Insurance Company Limited as the General Manager/ Chief Executive in 1995 and was later confirmed the Managing Director of the Company in 1997. With the successful completion of the recapitalization exercise in 2007, he was appointed the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the new NEM Insurance Plc, a position he held until April, 2009.
Mr. Smart is currently the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Group, following his increased responsibilities and the company’s expansion into the West Africa Sub-region with the successful registration of NEM Insurance (Ghana) Ltd., a subsidiary of the Group in May, 2009.
He has attended many top professional courses in Insurance and Management.