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Access Holdings appoints new Acting Group CEO


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The Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc has appointed Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the acting group chief executive officer of the company.

The company’s secretary, Mr. Sunday Ekwochi, stated this in a notification to the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Tuesday in Lagos.

Ekwochi said the decision followed the demise of the firm’s former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, on Friday.

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The company’s secretary said that the appointment was subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He said that until Agbede’s appointment, she was the company’s most senior founding executive director in charge of business support.

According to him, Agbede has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consulting services.

She commenced her professional career in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and served in various capacities within the Commercial Banking and Operations functions, rising to the position of manager in 2001.

The Acting Group CEO later served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKS Ltd., a business consulting outfit, in 2003.

Agbede joined Access Bank Plc 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 of Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 and was appointed the company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support, in 2022.

Agbede has a track record of successful people integration in business combinations 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.

The Action Group CEO is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria.

Agbede has 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, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, Chairman, Access Holdings, said that the appointment of Agbede is in alignment with the firm’s robust succession planning practices.

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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