Access Holdings Plc’s board has announced plans to appoint an acting Group Chief Executive Officer following the tragic death of its CEO, Herbert Wigwe, alongside his wife and son in a helicopter crash in the United States.
The company confirmed Wigwe’s passing in a statement on Sunday, expressing its condolences and stating that appointing a new CEO aligns with its policy.
“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.
Meanwhile, prominent figures such as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, billionaire businessman Femi Otedola, and Group Chief Executive Officer of OandO, Adewale Tinubu, have expressed shock over Wigwe’s demise, as well as that of former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and other passengers in the helicopter crash.
Okonjo-Iweala expressed her condolences on social media, while Otedola and Tinubu mourned the loss in separate posts, highlighting Wigwe’s achievements and emphasizing the fragility of life.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his Edo counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, also joined in mourning the tragic loss of Wigwe, his family, and Ogunbanjo.