10 Things to Know About Late Access Holdings CEO Herbert Wigwe

Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Holdings, is thought died in a helicopter crash in California.

The helicopter crashed when he was on board with five passengers, including his wife, son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc.

According to sources, the helicopter crashed near the Nevada-California border on Friday night while its route to Las Vegas.

Learn more about Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Holdings.

1. Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe CON was born on August 15, 1966.

2. He was a Nigerian banker and entrepreneur.

3. He was the CEO of Access Holdings Plc, traded as Access Corporation until his death.

4. Herbert served as Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank plc, one of Nigeria’s top five banks, from January 2014 to April 2022. He succeeded his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.

5. Wigwe holds a degree in accounting from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.

6. He completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Management Program.

7. Wigwe began his career as a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand in Lagos before obtaining his chartered accountant certification.

8. Following a period at Capital Bank, he joined GTBank, where he spent over a decade working in corporate and institutional banking, eventually advancing to the position of executive director in charge of institutional banking.

9. In 2002, Wigwe and his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, purchased Access Bank, which was then the 65th largest of the country’s 89 banks.

10. On February 10, 2024, he died in a helicopter crash with his wife, kid, and an unidentified Nigerian.

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