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Access Bank appoints Bolaji Agbede Acting CEO

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Access Holdings Plc has announced the appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment of Ms. Agbede was made by the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc following an earlier statement dated February 11, 2024.

This is coming on the heels of the unexpected death of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe who died on Friday after the helicopter he was traveling in crashed in the United States. The crash also claimed the lives of his wife, Chizoba, his son and the former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.

Ms. Agbede is the most senior founding executive director in charge of Business Support within the group’s hierarchy.

Ms. Agbede is a versatile professional with over 27 years’ experience in Human Resources management, customer relationship management and banking operations. She has a proven record of successful people integration during mergers and acquisitions, culture transformation and execution of corporate strategies.

She commenced her professional career in Guaranty Trust Bank in 1992 and served in various capacities including Relationship Manager and Vault Custodian. She diligently distinguished herself and swiftly rose from the grade of Executive Trainee in 1992 to Manager in 2001. Ms. Agbede subsequently served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKG limited in 2003 a business consulting outfit.

Ms. Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager and was responsible for managing the Bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies. She has occupied the role of Head, HR for the Access Bank Group since 2010 wherein she oversees the human capital development of the Group.

Ms. Agbede holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Cranfield University in 2002. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. She has attended several renowned leadership and professional development programs including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.

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