Access Holdings Plc has announced plans to appoint an acting Group Chief Executive Officer following the tragic demise of its CEO, Herbert Wigwe, along with his wife and son in a helicopter crash in the United States.
The company confirmed Wigwe’s passing in a statement signed by the Group Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, expressing deep sorrow over the loss. The board will soon announce the appointment of an Acting Group CEO in accordance with company policy.
Wigwe, who was appointed as Access Holdings GCEO in March 2022, played a pivotal role in the growth and operational excellence of the Access Group. He held various leadership positions within Access Bank, including Deputy Managing Director and Group Managing Director and CEO.
The ill-fated helicopter also carried former Chairman of Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbajo, and three others. Preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board suggest wintry weather and rain may have contributed to the crash.
Wigwe’s legacy of leadership and vision has left an indelible mark on Access Holdings and the financial industry at large. As the company navigates this challenging period, it remains committed to honoring his memory and continuing his legacy of growth and excellence.