The board of directors of Access Holdings Plc has appointed Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the acting Group chief executive officer of the company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group CEO, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.
The company stated this in a statement sent to LEADERSHIP. It said that the appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to the statement, until her recent appointment, Agbede was the Company’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. Agbede 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 Manager in 2001.
“She subsequently served as the chief executive officer of JKG Limited, a business consulting outfit in 2003.
“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 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. She has a track record in successful people integration in business combination and culture transformation.”
Access Holdings added that “she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
“Agbede has attended several renowned leadership and professional development programmes including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised the London Business School.”
Access transitioned into a holding company to drive rapid growth and become a full-scale ecosystem player offering interconnected services across customer needs.
Established in 2022, Access Holdings Plc consists of the Access Bank Group; Access Pensions; a Payment and Switching Services Company; a Digital Lending Company, and an Insurance Brokerage Company.