The Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc has introduced the passing of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, the Company’s founding Group Chief Executive Officer and former Group Managing Director of its flagship subsidiary, Access Bank Plc (‘the Bank’).
Dr. Wigwe died alongside his spouse and son on Friday, February 9, 2024, in a helicopter accident within the United States of America.
“The entire Access Family mourns the loss of Herbert, Doreen and Chizi. We extend our deep and sincere sympathies to his family and loved ones. Dr. Wigwe was a key driving force and a larger-than-life personality who brought his remarkable passion, energy, and experience to the transformation of the Access franchise since joining the Bank in 2002.”
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Commenting on the passage of Dr. Wigwe, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, Chairman of Access Holdings stated: “The Access Family has suffered a major loss with the passing of Dr. Wigwe who was a great friend and fine gentleman. He had a prodigious intellect, admirable personal qualities, and vast business experience which he brought to bear on the Access Family and for which we owe him a debt of gratitude.
“We remain confident that the Access Group will build further on Dr. Wigwe’s legacy of growth and operational excellence.”
The board stated Dr. Wigwe was instrumental within the progress of Access Bank, which he co-founded together with his pal and enterprise associate Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. He took over as Access Bank Group CEO in 2014, specializing in the Bank’s enlargement in Nigeria and Africa earlier than taking the helm at Access Holdings in 2022. Under his management, Access Bank drove its African technique to turn out to be Sub Saharan Africa’s largest retail financial institution by buyer base.
Country Managing Director for Access Bank Ghana, Mr. Olumide Olatunji stated; “We are deeply saddened by the demise of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, who was a man of many colours because of the exceptional impact he had on growth of the banking industry and communities we serve. As our first Board Chairman and a pan Africanist, Dr. Wigwe was pivotal in nurturing and making the Access Bank franchise relevant in Ghana as a key development partner. His legacy will never be forgotten”.
Dr. Wigwe was a member of the Access Bank UK board in addition to the board of the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA). He has lengthy been an advocate for the eradication of malaria in Africa, working with the Corporate Alliance on Malaria to assist this goal. He additionally sat on the board of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company and Friends Africa and was an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Institute of Credit Administration.
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A two-time winner of the African Banker of the Year award from the African Banker Awards, Dr. Wigwe was a passionate advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which kind the bedrock of Access Holdings’ progress technique.
His tutorial credentials embody a level in Accounting from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor University), and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. He additionally accomplished the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program.
Dr. Wigwe lately based Wigwe University, Africa’s first ivy league establishment devoted to offering a world-class training and elevating the following technology of fearless leaders.
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