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Herbert Wigwe: Board will announce acting CEO soon – Access Holdings

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Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe

The board of Access Holdings Plc will soon name an interim Group Chief Executive Officer to succeed Herbert Wigwe, the company’s late CEO.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the company announced Wigwe’s death, together with his wife and child, in a helicopter crash in the United States on Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Group Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, the nomination of a new leader was consistent with the company’s policies.

“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 statement read in part.

Also on board the ill-fated chopper are three others, including the former Chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbajo.

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According to preliminary assessments, the crash could have been caused by wintry weather and rain, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board stated after a news briefing on Sunday.

Before his appointment, he held several positions at Access Bank, including deputy managing director from 2012 until 2014, when he became group managing director and CEO.

Wigwe 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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