Access Holdings appoints Bolaji Agbede as Acting CEO

Access Holdings Plc on Monday announced the appointment of
Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the holding


The appointment follows the death of its late Group Chief
Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe, who died in a helicopter crash in the United
States on Friday. Mr Wigwe died alongside his wife, son, and a former chairman
of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimboloa Ogunbanjo.


“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 company said in
a statement Monday.


Ms Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant
General, with nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking
and business consultancy services.


She served in different roles at the bank including, Head,
Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 before she was appointed the
company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022, a role she
held until her new appointment.


Bolaji Agbede holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and
Statistics from the University of Lagos and a Master of Business Administration
Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002, the statement said, adding that
she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the
Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.


The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central
Bank of Nigeria.


“The appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede is in alignment with
our robust succession planning practices,” said Abubakar Jimoh, chairman of the


“We are strongly convinced that Ms Agbede, being the
company’s most senior executive, with exceptionally rich, professional and
leadership experience and understanding of the Access culture, would provide
the much-needed leadership to steer the company towards the attainment of its
strategic vision of building a globally connected community and ecosystem,
inspired by AAfricafor the world.”


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