Access Holdings has announced plans to appoint an acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) following the tragic passing of Herbert Wigwe, along with his wife, son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), in a helicopter crash in the United States.
The Eurocopter EC130 helicopter carrying them crashed around 10 pm on Friday in California, which translates to 7 am on Saturday in Nigeria, near the Nevada border.
Investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the United States suggested that rainy and wintry weather conditions contributed to the accident.
Wigwe’s untimely demise has left the GCEO position vacant at Access Holdings. In response, the company announced its intention to appoint a temporary replacement in accordance with its policy.
“In line with the Company’s policy, the Board will soon announce the appointment of an Acting Group Chief Executive Officer even as we remain confident that the Access Group will build further on Dr. Wigwe’s legacy of growth and operational excellence,” Access Holdings stated.
Wigwe, who held the position of Group CEO for two years after his appointment on March 28, 2022.