Access Holdings Plc made a significant announcement on Monday, revealing the appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer. This decision comes in the wake of the tragic passing of the former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.
Dr. Wigwe, along with his wife, son, and former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Friday.
In a statement released by the company’s Board of Directors dated February 12, 2024, it was clarified that Agbede’s appointment is pending approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The statement reads, “Further to its announcement dated February 11, 2024, the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc (‘the Company’) has today announced the appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, on February 9, 2024.
“The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
Agbede brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General. With nearly three decades of professional experience spanning banking and business consultancy services, she has held various positions within the bank. Notably, she served as Head of Group Human Resources from 2010 to 2022, before assuming the role of the company’s founding Executive Director of Business Support in 2022.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos, as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002. Additionally, she is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.