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Following the passing of Wigwe: Access Holdings Names Agbede as Interim CEO.The appointment hinges on approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

A photo combination of Bolaji Agbede (left) and Herbert Wigwe.

Access Holdings Plc has named Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer in the wake of Herbert Wigwe’s passing. Wigwe, who previously held the position of Group Chief Executive Officer, tragically lost his life in a helicopter accident in the US over the weekend, alongside his wife, son, and former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.

Just two days after this unexpected air tragedy, Access Holdings announced Agbede as the company’s new chief executive. According to a statement by the company’s secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, “The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

Prior to her appointment, Agbede served as Access Holdings’ most senior founding Executive Director in charge of Business Support. With nearly three decades of experience spanning banking and business consultancy services, she began her career at Guaranty Trust Bank in 1992. Agbede holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Canfield University, UK, in 2002.

In response to her appointment, Abubakar Jimoh, the Chairman of Access Holdings, praised Agbede’s leadership qualities, stating, “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 Africa for the world.”

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The full statement of the appointment can be found below

ACCESS HOLDINGS PLC ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF MS. BOLAJI AGBEDE AS ACTING GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Further to its 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. Until her recent appointment, Ms. Agbede was the Company’s most senior founding Executive Director in charge of Business Support.

She has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services. Ms. Agbede commenced her professional career in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank and served in various capacities within the Commercial Banking and Operations functions rising to the position of Manager in 2001. She subsequently served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKG Limited, a business consulting outfit in 2003.

Ms. Agbede joined Access Bank Plc the Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager and was responsible for managing the Bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies. She served as the Bank’s Head, Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 and was appointed the Company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022. She has a track record in successful people integration in business combination and culture transformation.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Canfield University, UK in 2002. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

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Ms. Agbede has attended several renowned leadership and professional development programmes including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organized by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.

Commenting on this appointment, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, the Chairman of the Company said:

“The appointment of Ms. Agbede is in alignment with our robust succession planning practices. 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 Africa for the world.”

SUNDAY EKWOCHI

COMPANY SECRETARY

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

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