Access Holdings Appoint Bolaji Agbede as Acting CEO


By Agnes Nsikak

Access Holdings has announced the appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede as the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This statement comes after the passing of its previous Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Herbert Wigwe.

According to a statement issued by the company’s Board of Directors on February 12, 2024, it was mentioned that the appointment would be finalized based on the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The new acting CEO of Access Holdings, Bolaji Agbede, holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Cranfield University in 2002.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

She has attended several renowned leadership and professional development programs including the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School.

Ms. Agbede is a versatile professional with over 27 years’ experience in Human Resources management, Customer relationship management and Banking operations. She has a proven record of successful people integration during mergers and acquisitions, culture transformation and execution of corporate strategies.

She commenced her professional career in Guaranty Trust Bank and served in various capacities including Relationship Manager and Vault Custodian. She diligently distinguished herself and swiftly rose from the grade of Executive Trainee in 1992 to Manager in 2001. Ms. Agbede subsequently served as the Chief Executive Officer of JKG Limited in 2003, a business consulting outfit.

Ms. Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General Manager and was responsible for managing the Bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies. She has occupied the role of Head, HR for the Access Bank Group since 2010 wherein she oversees the human capital development of the Group.

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