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

The appointment follows the tragic passing of the late Group Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe, who lost his life in a helicopter crash in the United States on Friday.

Wigwe passed away alongside his wife, son, and a former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.

The company stated in a statement on Monday stated: “Further to it’s 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.”

Bolaji Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager, bringing nearly three decades of professional experience spanning banking and business consultancy services.

She served in various capacities, including Head of Group Human Resources from 2010 to 2022. In 2022, she was appointed the company’s founding Executive Director of Business Support, a position she held until her recent appointment as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer.

Ms 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 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 AAfricafor the world.”

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