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Access Holdings appoints Agbede as acting group CEO

Bolaji Agbede

By Stanley Onyeka, Lagos

The Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc, yesterday, announced the appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the company.

The decision followed the death of the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Herbert Wigwe, on Friday in California, USA.

Anotification the Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, to the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) in Lagos, the appointment is subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Hitherto her appointment, Ms Agbede’s was the Group’s most senior founding Executive Director in charge of Business Support.

She has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services.

She commenced her professional career in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank and served in various capacities within the commercial banking and operations functions rising to the position of a manager in 2001.

She later served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKS Ltd., a business consulting outfit in 2003.

Ms Agbede joined Access Bank Plc in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager in charge of managing the bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies.

She served as the bank’s Head, Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022, and was appointed the company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022.

We are strongly convinced that Agbede, being the company’s most senior executive with exceptionally rich, professional and leadership experience and understanding of the Access culture, will provide the much-needed leadership to steer the company.

Ms Agbede has a track record in successful people integration in business combination and culture transformation.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos in 1990, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Cranfield University, UK in 2002.

She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

Ms Agbede is said to have attended several renowned leadership and professional development programmes including the High Performance Leadership Programme organised by IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.

Commenting, Chairman, Access Holdings, Abubakar Jimoh, was quoted as saying that Ms Agbede’s appointment is in alignment with the Group’s robust succession planning practices.

Mr Jimoh said: “We are strongly convinced that Agbede, being the company’s most senior executive with exceptionally rich, professional and leadership experience and understanding of the Access culture, will provide the much-needed leadership to steer the company.

“This is towards the attainment of our strategic vision of building a globally connected community and ecosystem, inspired by Alice for the world.”

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