Breaking: Wigwe Replaced With A Veteran Banker As Acting CEO At Access Holdings

Access Holdings Plc has named Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the company, succeeding the late Group CEO, Herbert Wigwe, who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash.

Bolaji Agbede, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings [PHOTO: Access Corporation]

The announcement, made on Monday, comes after the Board of Directors’ decision to appoint Ms. Agbede to lead the company in the wake of the untimely demise of Dr. Wigwe on February 9, 2024.Ms. Agbede, a seasoned professional with nearly three decades of experience in banking and business consultancy, joined Access Bank in 2003 and has since held various key positions within the organization.

She 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.

Her appointment is pending approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The company’s chairman, Abubakar Jimoh, expressed confidence in Ms. Agbede’s ability to provide the leadership needed to guide the company towards achieving its strategic vision.

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

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

“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 AAfrica for the world.”


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