Access Holdings Plc, on Monday, made a significant announcement regarding the appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer. This appointment comes in the wake of the tragic demise of the former Group CEO, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, who lost his life in a helicopter crash alongside his wife, son, and former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, on Friday.
In a statement released by the company’s Board of Directors, dated February 12, 2024, it was revealed that Ms. Agbede’s appointment is pending approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Board expressed deep regret over the loss of Dr. Wigwe and emphasized the necessity of ensuring continuity and stability within the organization during this difficult period.
Ms. Bolaji Agbede brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having served in various capacities within Access Bank since 2003. With almost three decades of professional experience spanning banking and business consultancy services, Agbede’s tenure at Access Bank has been marked by significant contributions to the company’s growth and development.
Having held positions such as Head of Group Human Resources and founding Executive Director of Business Support, Agbede has demonstrated strong leadership and strategic acumen throughout her career. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cranfield University UK.
Additionally, Ms. Agbede is a member of esteemed professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. Her appointment as Acting Group CEO underscores Access Holdings Plc’s commitment to maintaining operational excellence and upholding the legacy of Dr. Herbert Wigwe.