Access Holdings Plc has swiftly responded to the unexpected passing of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, by appointing Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group CEO.
The Board of Directors made this announcement on February 12, 2024, just one day after the passing of Dr. Wigwe. Ms. Agbede, the most senior founding Executive Director in charge of Business Support within the company, is poised to lead Access Holdings Plc, pending approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria. This appointment marks a crucial moment for the company as it adjusts to the challenges of an unforeseen leadership change.
Ms. Agbede brings nearly three decades of experience in banking and business consultancy services. Her career began at Guaranty Trust Bank in 1992, where she rose through the ranks to managerial positions. She later served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKG Limited before joining Access Bank Plc in 2003. At Access Bank, she demonstrated her leadership capabilities and strategic insight, ultimately assuming the role of Head, Group Human Resources.
Transitioning to Access Holdings Plc as the founding Executive Director, Business Support, Ms. Agbede played a vital role in integrating business units and transforming the company’s culture.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University UK, Ms. Agbede is well-equipped for her new role. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. Additionally, she has participated in various leadership and professional development programs, including those organized by IMD and the London Business School.
While the sudden loss of Dr. Herbert Wigwe is a profound loss for Access Holdings Plc, Ms. Agbede’s appointment signifies a strategic move towards stability and continuity. Her extensive experience and leadership style are expected to guide the company through this period of transition.
In other news related to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Herbert Wigwe and others, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has announced collaboration with the American government to enhance the investigation. Additionally, Isiokpo Kingdom has declared an eight-day mourning period in honor of Herbert Wigwe, with ceremonies and closures planned to commemorate his legacy.