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12 things you need to know about late Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe


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The Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, is reported to have lost his life.

Daily News 24 gathered that Wigwe, his wife, and his son were in the helicopter, headed to Las Vegas, when it crashed near a border between Nevada and California.

Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), was also on board the helicopter when it crashed.

Also Read: Access Bank CEO Herbart Wigwe dies in helicopter crash in US

The New York Times reported that no survivors had been found as of Saturday morning.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday night that a helicopter carrying six people crashed near Nipton, California.

According to a statement issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday morning, no survivors had been found.

The FAA identified the helicopter as a Eurocopter EC 130.

Here are 15 quick things you need to know about Herbert Wigwe

  1. Wigwe was born on 15 August 1966.
  2. He was the CEO of Access Bank Holding Plc, also known as Access Corporation, until his death.
  3. Herbert was the Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank plc, one of Nigeria’s top five banks.
  4. In January 2014, he succeeded Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede as CEO.
  5. Wigwe held a degree in accounting from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.
  6. He was an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Programme.
  7. Wigwe began his career as a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand in Lagos before becoming a chartered accountant.
  8. He worked for Capital Bank and GTBank for over a decade in corporate and institutional banking, eventually rising to the position of executive director in charge of institutional banking.
  9. In 2002, Wigwe and his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, purchased Access Bank, a small commercial bank that was the 65th largest of the country’s 89 banks.
  10. Wigwe had previously served as Chairman of Access Bank Ghana Limited, Access Investment & Securities Limited, Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS), and was currently Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Limited.
  11. In 2016, Wigwe established The HOW Foundation, a non-profit organisation.
  12. The Sun and Vanguard newspapers named Wigwe their respective Banker of the Year for 2016.

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