Bolaji Agbede has been named as the new acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Corporation, the parent company of Access Bank.
This comes two days after the death of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.
Wigwe died in a helicopter crash alongside his wife, son, and a former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimboloa Ogunbanjo on Friday.
Agbede will hold the position of Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), according to a statement signed by the bank, joining the league of women banking CEOs in Nigeria.
The statement issued by the company’s Board of Directors and dated February 12, 2024, stated that the appointment was subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“Further to its announcement dated February 11, 2024, the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc (‘the Company’) has today announced the appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Herbert Wigwe, on February 9, 2024.
“The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
Agbede who joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services.
She served in different roles at the bank including, Head, Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 before she was appointed the company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022, a role she held until her new appointment
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos 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.