Access Holdings to soon announce acting CEO following Herbert Wigwe's tragic passing

The late Wigwe and wife

The board of Access Holdings Plc is set to announce an acting Group Chief Executive Officer soon to replace its late CEO, Herbert Wigwe, who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in the United States on Friday, February 9, 2024.

The company confirmed Wigwe's death, as well as that of his wife and son, in a statement signed by the Group Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi on Sunday, February 11, 2024.

According to the statement, the appointment of a new head was in line with the company’s policy.

The statement partly reads, “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.”

The former Chairman of Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbajo was also on board the ill-fated chopper and three others.

A member of National Transportation Safety Board at a press briefing on Sunday, said preliminary reports suggest that the crash could have been caused by wintry weather and rain.

Wigwe was appointed Access Holdings GCEO on March 28, 2022.

Prior to his appointment, he had occupied various positions within Access Bank, from being the deputy managing director at Access Bank from 2012 to 2014, when he became the group managing director and CEO.

He served as the chairman of Access Bank (Ghana), Access Investment & Securities Limited, Central Securities and Clearing System and presently as chairman of Access Bank Limited and Unified Payments Services Limited.

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