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Access Corporation appoints Bolaji Agbede as acting Group CEO in wake of Herbert Wigwe’s Passing

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By Samuel Bankole

Access Corporation on Monday appointed its most senior founding executive director, Bolaji Agbede, as the acting Group Chief Executive to succeed the late GCEO, Herbert Wigwe, who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash on Friday.

In a regulatory communication to the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the holding company of Access Bank stated that the board’s decision is pending approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The appointment comes in fulfillment of the corporation’s commitment to announcing a replacement for Wigwe this week.

“Further to its announcement dated February 11, 2024, the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc (the Company) has today announced the appointment of Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe, on February 9, 2024.

“The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Until her recent appointment, Agbede was the company’s most senior founding executive director in charge of business support.

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She has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consulting services.

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.

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.”

The appointment awaits final approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria, marking a significant transition in leadership for Access Corporation following the untimely demise of Herbert Wigwe and underscoring Agbede’s extensive professional background in the banking and business consulting sectors.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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