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Access Holdings appoints Agbede as acting GCEO



Following the tragic passing of Herbert Wigwe, Access Holdings Plc has named Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer.

The announcement was made by the board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc in a statement released on Tuesday. Agbede, who previously served as the most senior founding executive director in charge of business support within the company, has been selected for the role.

Agbede’s appointment as the acting GCEO is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

This transition is a significant moment in the company’s history as it deals with the challenges of an unexpected change in leadership.

With close to three decades of professional experience, Agbede has a career spanning banking and business consultancy services, giving her a wealth of expertise and strategic acumen. She began her career at Guaranty Trust Bank in 1992 and rose through the ranks to managerial positions by 2001. In 2003, she assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at JKG Limited, a business consulting firm.

Agbede joined Access Bank Plc in 2003, starting as an Assistant General Manager responsible for managing the bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies. Her leadership qualities and strategic insight led her to become the head of Group Human Resources at the bank from 2010 to 2022. Later, she was appointed as Access Holdings Plc’s founding Executive Director, Business Support, where she played a pivotal role in integrating business units and transforming the company’s culture.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University in 2002. Additionally, she is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. Agbede has also participated in several renowned leadership and professional development programmes, including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.

Wigwe, along with his family and the former Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash in California, United States, last Friday.