Access Bank, a prominent financial institution in Nigeria, has designated Bolaji Agbede to temporarily fill the position of CEO after the untimely passing of Herbert Wigwe, who tragically lost his life alongside five others in a helicopter accident last Friday.
Bolaji Agbede, the most senior founding executive director at Access Bank, will take on the role of CEO on an interim basis, as announced by Access Holdings Plc, the bank’s parent company.
With nearly three decades of experience in banking and business consultancy, Ms. Agbede has been a part of Access Bank since 2003, demonstrating extensive expertise in the industry.
The fatal incident occurred while Wigwe’s chartered helicopter was en route from Palm Springs to Boulder City, Nevada, USA, crashing approximately 96km (60 miles) from Las Vegas.
Reports from Nigerian media indicate that the 57-year-old banker was traveling to Las Vegas to attend Sunday’s Super Bowl event.
Herbert Wigwe, who founded Access Bank in 1989, played a pivotal role in its growth, culminating in its status as Nigeria’s largest bank following the acquisition of its primary competitor, Diamond Bank, in 2018.