Access Holdings Plc has appointed Bolaji Agbede as acting group chief executive officer, following the tragic death of Herbert Wigwe, its former CEO, in a helicopter crash.
The board of directors of Access Holdings Plc released a statement on February 12, 2024, stating that the appointment of Bolaji Agbede as acting group CEO is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Agbede’s appointment is considered a significant milestone in the company’s history, and it comes at a critical time as it grapples with the challenges of leadership change. Having served as the most senior founding executive director in charge of business support, she is expected to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be critical in guiding the company through this transition period.
Agbede has a long and successful history with Access Bank, having joined the company in 2003 as an assistant general manager. Over the years, she has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including head of Group Human Resources and, most recently, founding executive director, Business Support.
Agbede’s educational background is impressive, with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos in 1990, followed by an MBA from Cranfield University in 2002.
In addition to her academic credentials, she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management in the UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria.