Access Holdings Plc, one of the leading financial services groups in Africa, has announced the appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede as its Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, following the sudden demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.
Ms. Agbede, who has been with the company since its inception in 2003, will take over the leadership of the group, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In this article, we will introduce you to Ms. Agbede, her professional background, her achievements, and her vision for the future of Access Holdings Plc. We will also answer some frequently asked questions about the appointment and the transition process.
Who is Bolaji Agbede?
Ms. Bolaji Agbede is a seasoned banker and business consultant with over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is the most senior founding Executive Director of Access Holdings Plc, in charge of Business Support.
What are her qualifications and achievements?
Ms. 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 (2002).
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
She has attended several prestigious leadership and professional development programmes, such as the High-Performance Leadership Programme organised by the IMD, Switzerland, and the Strategic Talent Management Programme organised by the London Business School, UK.
She has also established herself as an expert in mergers and acquisitions, after she played key roles in successfully integrating staffers of the banks following three of the most successful mergers and acquisitions in the Nigerian financial sector in the past two decades.
Her revolutionary journey began in 2005, when she led the successful integration of employees of Marina International Bank and Capital Bank. And in 2012, she was pivotal in Access Bank’s acquisition of Intercontinental Bank Plc, and again was responsible for the integration of staffers following the successful 2019 merger between Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.