I&M Group Plc and the Board of Directors of I&M Bank (Uganda) Limited have announced the appointment of Mr. Robin Bairstow as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective August 2023. The appointment is subject to approval from the Bank of Uganda.

Robert has an extensive record in the financial services sector having served as the CEO of I&M Bank (Rwanda) Plc from September 2015 to June 2023. During his tenure, he achieved remarkable growth and success including the trebling of total assets to RWF 491.3 billion and growth in pre-tax profits to RWF 13.4 billion. Robin also oversaw I&M Bank Rwanda’s listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange in 2017.

Before joining I&M Group, Bairstow held senior leadership positions at various financial institutions including Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank NA, BOE Bank, and Nedbank. His roles spanned across Central & East Africa and South-East Asia, highlighting his versatile expertise in navigating complex financial landscapes.

He is a graduate of the South African Merchant Naval Academy and holds a Diploma in Business Management from the Institute of Business Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Leicester, among others.

I&M Group is a financial services group in East Africa, with a presence in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate. The Group offers a range of personal, business, and alternate banking channels through its presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mauritius, and Uganda. Bairstow takes over the Chief Executive Officer role following the exit of Kumaran Pather in December 2022. Sam Ntulume, who has been serving in acting capacity since December 2022, will now continue in his role as Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer.