Access Holdings Plc has appointed Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.
Ms. Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General, with nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services.
Bolaji Agbede served in different roles at the bank, including Head of Group Human Resources, between 2010 and 2022 before being appointed the company’s founding Executive Director of Business Support in 2022, a role she held until her new appointment. Her appointment as acting GCEO is subject to regulatory approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Bolaji Agbede holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and a Master 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.
“The appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede is in alignment with our robust succession planning practices,” said Abubakar Jimoh, chairman of the company.
“We are strongly convinced that Ms. Agbede, being the company’s most senior executive, with exceptionally rich, professional, and leadership experience and understanding of the Access culture, would provide the much-needed leadership to steer the company towards the attainment of its strategic vision of building a globally connected community and ecosystem, inspired by Africa for the world.”
Before this appointment, Agbede spent two years serving as the bank’s most senior founding Executive Director in Business Support.
She has spent 21 years at Access Bank, having first joined as the Assistant General Manager, responsible for managing the bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies.