JUST IN: Access Holdings speaks on picking Herbert Wigwe’s successor

JUST IN: Access Holdings speaks on picking Herbert Wigwe’s successor
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JUST IN: Access Holdings speaks on picking Herbert Wigwe’s successor

Access Holdings has said that it will announce the appointment of an acting Group Chief Executive Officer after the tragic passing of Herbert Wigwe in the coming days.

Politics Nigeria reports that Wigwe, wife, son and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), died in a helicopter crash in the US.

With Wigwe’s death leaving the group CEO position vacant, Access Holdings said it will appoint a temporary replacement as stipulated by the company’s 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 said.

Before his passage, Wigwe occupied the Group CEO position for two years after his appointment on March 28, 2022.

Relatedly, Access Bank has confirmed the death of the bank’s chief executive officer, Herbert Wigwe.

In a statement on X, the bank said: “Today, we bid farewell to a visionary leader, Herbert Wigwe, whose passion and unwavering commitment to excellence transformed Access into a global powerhouse.

“His legacy of excellence and compassion will continue to inspire us all. Rest in peace, Herbert Wigwe. Your impact will forever be felt.

“Dr. Wigwe died alongside his wife and son on Friday, February 9, 2024, in a helicopter accident in the United States of America,” the Company’s Group Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi added.

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