In the wake of the tragic demise of Mr. Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director of Access Holdings Plc, the company has announced the appointment of Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer. Agbede steps into this pivotal role to continue the remarkable achievements spearheaded by Wigwe in recent years, aiming to maintain the company’s trajectory of growth and success.
The announcement of Agbede’s appointment was made in a statement released on Monday, February 12, 2024, published on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX). Agbede’s wealth of experience and expertise in the banking sector positions her as a capable leader to navigate Access Holdings through this challenging period.
Agbede holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and obtained her MBA from Cranfield University in 2002. She is also affiliated with esteemed professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
With over 27 years of experience in the banking sector, Agbede has cultivated expertise in human resources management, customer relationship management, and banking operations. She began her career at Guaranty Trust Bank, rising through the ranks from an Executive Trainee in 1992 to Manager in 2001. She later served as the CEO of JKG Limited, a business consulting firm.
Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 and has since played a pivotal role in the bank’s human capital development, serving as the Head of HR for the Access Bank Group since 2010. Her tenure has been marked by successful people integrations during significant mergers and acquisitions, including those involving Marina International Bank, Capital Bank, Intercontinental Bank Plc, and the merger between Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.
Leadership and Advocacy:
Known for her advocacy for gender equality and equity, Agbede has introduced progressive initiatives such as paternity leave, six months’ maternity leave, and the establishment of the Bank’s Crèche and the Access Women Network. Beyond her corporate responsibilities, she actively contributes to non-governmental organizations focused on women’s empowerment, capacity building, and leadership.
Agbede is a member of esteemed professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. She has participated in renowned leadership and professional development programs, including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organized by IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organized by the London Business School.
As Access Holdings transitions under Agbede’s leadership, stakeholders are optimistic about her ability to steer the company forward while honoring the legacy left by Herbert Wigwe. Agbede’s appointment underscores the company’s commitment to continuity and stability in the face of adversity.