Access Holdings Reportedly Appoints a New Acting Group CEO

Access Holdings reportedly appoints a new Acting Group CEO in the person of Bolaji Agbede after the passing away of Herbert Wigwe.

Access Holdings Appoints a New Acting Group CEO

Access Holdings Appoints a New Acting Group CEO

Following the death of the co-founder of Access Holdings Plc, Hebert Wigwe, the firm has now appointed Bolaji Agbede as Acting Group CEO. Wigwe who reportedly took over as CEO of the company back on March 28, 2002, prior to this worked for Access Bank in multiple capacities. And according to the lender, the growth legacy and operational excellence of the now demise CEO will continue to shape the future endeavors of Access Group.

According to a filing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Agbede has previously served as Access Bank’s most senior founding Executive Director in charge of business support. It’s important to note that her appointment is subject to the approval of the central bank.

Access Bank Confirms the Tragic Passing of Wigwe

In a press statement issued on Sunday, February 11, 2024, signed by the Group Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, Access Bank confirmed the tragic passing of Wigwe, the former CEO. He, along with his wife and son, lost their lives in a helicopter crash in the United States on Friday, February 9, 2024. Abimbola Ogunbajo, the former Chairman of Nigeria Exchange Group, was also among the occupants of the helicopter, along with three others.

A representative from the National Transportation Safety Board stated at a press conference on Sunday that preliminary findings suggest adverse wintry conditions and precipitation as possible factors contributing to the tragic collision.

Wigwe Assumed the Role of GCEO of Access Holdings on March 28, 2022             

Wigwe assumed the role of Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings on March 28, 2022. Prior to this, he held various positions at Access Bank, including Deputy Managing Director from 2012 to 2014, before rising to the position of Group Managing Director and CEO. Throughout his career, Wigwe held several leadership roles, including Chairman of Access Bank (Ghana), Access Investment & Securities Limited, and Central Securities and Clearing System, among others.

What You Need To Know About the Newly Appointed CEO

Meanwhile, Agbede, the newly appointed CEO, brings nearly 30 years of professional experience in banking and business consulting services. Her career began in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank, where she held various roles within Commercial Banking and Operations, eventually rising to the position of Manager in 2001. In 2003, she became the Chief Executive Officer of JKG Limited, a business consulting firm, before joining Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager.

Agbede’s Tenure at Access Bank before Her Appointment as CEO

During her tenure at Access Bank, Agbede served as Head of Group Human Resources from 2010 to 2022, before being appointed Founding Executive Director of Business Support in 2022. She has a proven track record in facilitating successful people integration in business mergers and driving culture transformation initiatives.



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