In a solemn announcement that reverberated throughout Nigeria’s corporate landscape, Access Holdings Plc disclosed the heartbreaking news of the passing of its esteemed Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, along with his wife and son. The tragic incident occurred in a helicopter accident in the United States of America on Friday, February 9, 2024, leaving behind a profound sense of loss within the Access family and the wider community.
Sunday Ekwochi, Group Company Secretary, issued a statement on behalf of Access Holdings, expressing deep sadness at the untimely demise of Dr. Wigwe, a visionary leader who played an instrumental role in shaping the company’s trajectory since its inception. Dr. Wigwe served as the founding Group CEO and former Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Access Holdings’ flagship subsidiary.
The statement conveyed heartfelt condolences to Dr. Wigwe’s family and loved ones, acknowledging their immeasurable loss. Dr. Wigwe’s dynamic personality, unwavering passion, and unparalleled leadership had left an indelible mark on the Access franchise, propelling it towards unprecedented growth and operational excellence since he joined the bank in 2002.
In a tribute to Dr. Wigwe, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, Chairman of Access Holdings, lauded his exceptional intellect, personal integrity, and extensive business acumen, which had endeared him to colleagues and stakeholders alike. Mr. Jimoh emphasized Dr. Wigwe’s significant contributions to the Access family and expressed confidence in the company’s ability to honor his legacy while navigating the challenges ahead.
In accordance with company policy, the Access Holdings Board announced plans to appoint an Acting Group CEO to steer the organization forward during this period of transition. Despite the profound loss, Access Holdings remained resolute in its commitment to building on Dr. Wigwe’s legacy of growth, innovation, and operational excellence, as it continues to pursue its strategic objectives and serve the needs of its stakeholders.
As the Access family mourned the passing of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, his enduring legacy of leadership, integrity, and impact would continue to inspire and guide the company in its pursuit of excellence and societal relevance. In honoring his memory, Access Holdings reaffirmed its commitment to upholding his values and vision, ensuring that his contributions to the organization and the broader community would be remembered and cherished for generations to come.