- Access Holdings and Access Bank have bid farewell to their top executive, Herbert Wigwe, who died in a tragic helicopter crash
- The organisations describe Wigwe as the driving force that has led their many remarkable achievements
- They, however, noted that a new group chief executive officer will be announced in a short time
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Access Holdings Plc., the overseeing entity of Nigeria's foremost financial institution, Access Bank, has sadly acknowledged the untimely passing of its esteemed group CEO, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.
Dr. Wigwe, alongside his wife and son, tragically lost their lives in a helicopter accident in the United States on February 9, 2024.
Access Holdings confirms Wigwe's passing
The sad announcement was made public through an official statement issued by Access Bank, signed by Sunday Ekwoche, the Group Company Secretary, on February 11, 2024.
The company statement described Wigwe as a "driving force, bringing remarkable passion, energy and experience" to the organisation.
The statement read in part:
It is with deep sadness that the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Pic (‘the Company’) announces the passing of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, the Company’s founding Group Chief Executive Officer and former Group Managing Director of its flagship subsidiary Access Bank Pic (‘the Bank’). Dr. Wigwe died alongside his wife and son on Friday, February 9, 2024 in a helicopter accident in the United States of America.
The company expressed that Wigwe played a pivotal role as a driving force and a significant personality, infusing remarkable passion, energy, and expertise into the evolution of the Access franchise since his arrival at the bank in 2002.
Access bank bids Wigwe farewell
In a separate statement on its official social media pages, Access Bank bid its co-founder farewell, acknowledging his impact on the bank's transformation.
“Today, we bid farewell to a visionary leader, Herbert Wigwe, whose passion and unwavering commitment to excellence transformed Access into a global powerhouse.
“His legacy of excellence and compassion will continue to inspire us all. Rest in peace, Herbert Wigwe. Your impact will forever be felt.”
Wigwe's successor to be announced soon
Addressing the passing of Dr. Wigwe, Abubakar Jimoh, the Chairman of Access Holdings, shared his heartfelt condolences, emphasising the profound loss experienced by the Access Family.
Additionally, Jimoh announced that the Boards of Access Holdings Plc are diligently working to appoint a successor for Herbert Wigwe in an acting capacity, ensuring continuity and stability within the organisation.
“In line with the Company’s policy, the Board will soon announce the appointment of an Acting Group Chief Executive Officer even as we remain confident that the Access Group will build further on Or Wigwe’s legacy of growth and operational excellence.”
Seven things to know about Herbert Wigwe
In related news, Legit.ng highlighted some of the most interesting things to know about Herbert Wigwe.
Firstly, 58-year-old Wigwe was born in Ibadan, Oyo state, on August 15, 1966.
He bagged a BSc in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state. Wigwe started his career as a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Lagos
.The astute banker holds an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor) and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.
More about the man is detailed in this Legit.ng report.