Bolaji Agbede assumes role of Acting CEO at Access Holdings

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Access Holdings Plc has made a significant organizational move, appointing Bolaji Agbede as the acting Group Chief Executive Officer, following the tragic passing of Herbert Wigwe, the former occupant of the position. The announcement was made by the company’s board of directors in a statement released on Monday.

The appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede, subject to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s approval, comes as the company navigates through the aftermath of the loss of Dr. Herbert Wigwe on February 9, 2024. The statement highlighted Agbede’s extensive professional background, spanning close to three decades in the banking and business consultancy sectors.

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Agbede’s journey at Access Bank began in 2003 as an assistant general, and over the years, she has assumed various critical roles within the organization. Notably, she served as the head of group human resources from 2010 to 2022 before taking on the pivotal role of the company’s founding executive director of business support in 2022.

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Her academic qualifications further underscore her expertise, holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Lagos and a master’s degree in business administration from Cranfield University, UK. Additionally, she is a distinguished member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

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The appointment of Bolaji Agbede comes at a challenging time for Access Holdings Plc, following the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Herbert Wigwe, his wife, son, and former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimboloa Ogunbanjo, on February 9. As the company mourns this loss, Agbede’s leadership promises continuity and stability during this transition period.

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