“Best Woman For The Job:” Access Holdings Appoints Acting Group CEO after Wigwe’s Death

“Best Woman For The Job:” Access Holdings Appoints Acting Group CEO after Wigwe’s Death

  • Access Holdings Plc, the parent company of Access Bank, has announced the appointment of a new CEO
  • The financial institution named Bolaji Agbede as a replacement for Herbert Wigwe who died in a chopper crash in the United States
  • The company said Agbede is the most senior founding member of the company and that her appointment is subject to CBN’s approval

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The board of directors of Access Holdings Plc has appointed Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group chief executive officer of the company after the death of its founding Group CEO, Herbert Wigwe.

The company stated that Agbede’s appointment is subject to the approval of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Bolaji Agbede has been announced as Herbert Wigwe's successor
Bolaji Agbede is the new acting group CEO of Access Holdings, succeeding the late Herbert Wigwe Credit: Andrew Esiebo / Stringer
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Agbede's professional experience

It said that Agbede was the company’s most senior founding executive director in charge of Business Support.

Per the company’s statement, Agbede has almost three decades of professional expertise in banking and business consultancy services.

She commenced her professional career in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank and served in other capacities in the Commercial Banking Operations functions, rising to Manager in 2001.

Agbede also served as the chief executive officer of JKG Limited, a business consulting firm, in 2003.

Reports say Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an assistant general manager responsible for managing the bank’s portfolio of chemical trading firms. She was the bank’s head of human Resources from 2010 to 2022 and was appointed the company’s founding executive director, Business Support, in 2022.

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The statement said:

“She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
“Agbede has attended several renowned leadership and professional development programmes, including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.”

Herbert Wigwe’s last message to Nigerians

Legit.ng reported that Herbert Wigwe, the late group chief executive officer of Access Holding, was a big inspiration to Nigerians, even in death.

On his social media accounts, he regularly updated his followers on his activities and sought to inspire and stimulate positive conversation.

21 days before his unfortunate demise in a helicopter crash while in the United States on Friday, February 9, 2023, Wigwe published another inspirational message to his thousands of followers

Source: Legit.ng

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