Access Holdings Plc made a significant announcement on Monday, appointing Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer. This appointment comes in the wake of the tragic passing of the former Group CEO, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, who lost his life in a helicopter crash along with his wife, son, and former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimboloa Ogunbanjo, on Friday.
The decision to appoint Ms. Bolaji Agbede was confirmed in a statement issued by the company’s Board of Directors on February 12, 2024. However, the appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Ms. Bolaji Agbede brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General. With nearly three decades of professional experience in banking and business consultancy services, she has held various key positions within the bank. Notably, she served as the Head of Group Human Resources from 2010 to 2022 before assuming the role of the company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022.
Educationally, Ms. Agbede holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos, as well as a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University, UK, obtained in 2002. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
The appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede underscores Access Holdings’ commitment to continuity and stability amidst challenging times. Her leadership and expertise are expected to guide the company forward as it navigates through this period of transition.