Wigwe: Agbede named acting GCEO by Access Holdings

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Bolaji Agbede has been named the acting group chief executive officer by Access Holdings Plc, following the sad passing of Herbert Wigwe.

This information was revealed in a statement released on Tuesday by the board of directors of Access Holdings Plc.

Ms. Agbede was the company’s senior founding executive director overseeing business support prior to her appointment.

Assuming the Nigerian central bank gives its blessing, she will assume control of Access Holdings Plc.

As it faces the difficulties of an abrupt change in leadership, the company has reached a turning point in its history with this transfer.

Throughout her nearly 30-year career in banking and business consulting, Agbede has amassed an incredible body of knowledge and a potent combination of competence and strategic aptitude.

In 1992, she started her journey at Guaranty Trust Bank.

At JKG Limited, a business consultancy firm, she worked her way up the ladder and was named CEO in 2003 after having consistently worked her way to management roles by 2001.

Beginning in 2003, she served as the Assistant General Manager in charge of the chemical trading enterprises that were part of Access Bank Plc’s portfolio.

From 2010 until 2022, she served as the bank’s Head of Group Human Resources, a role that required strong leadership and strategic acumen.

In her subsequent promotion to the position of founding Executive Director, Business Support at Access Holdings Plc, she was instrumental in the smooth integration of business divisions and the cultural shift that took place within the organization.

Both her Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University in 2002 and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos in 1990 are among her academic accomplishments.

Together with the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, she is a member of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Management in the United Kingdom.

The High-Performance Leadership Programme at the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme at the London Business School are just two of the prestigious leadership and professional development programs that Agbede has participated in.

According to 460PLAY, a helicopter crash in California, United States, on Friday claimed the lives of Wigwe, his wife, and son. Also killed was Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group.

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