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Aig-Imoukhuede, co-founder, returns to Access Holdings as Chairman

“With an illustrious career spanning several decades in the banking and finance sector, Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede has proven to be an exceptional and influential leader, having admirably laid a solid foundation for Access Bank’s success as Group Chief Executive Officer between 2002 and 2013, ably supported by his partner and deputy, the late Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, who later succeeded him," the statement obtained by Persecondnews said.

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Access Holdings PIc has announced the return of Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede as its Non-Executive Chairman.

Aig-Imoukhuede, co-founder of Access Bank with the late Herbert Wigwe, replaces Abubakar Jimoh, who remains on the board as an Independent Non-Executive Director, according to a statement by the company secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, on Wednesday.

“Access Holdings Plc is pleased to announce the return of Aig-Imoukhuede as its Non-Executive Chairman.

“This visionary and accomplished leader is bringing an outstanding record of accomplishments, wealth of expertise, and leadership to guide the group into a new era of success.

“In response to the untimely passing of the immediate past Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, and following extensive consultations with key stakeholders, the Holdco Board unanimously decided to invite Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede to the helm of governance.

“With an illustrious career spanning several decades in the banking and finance sector, Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede has proven to be an exceptional and influential leader, having admirably laid a solid foundation for Access Bank’s success as Group Chief Executive Officer between 2002 and 2013, ably supported by his partner and deputy, the late Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, who later succeeded him,” the statement obtained by Persecondnews said.

It said that under Aig-Ilmoukhuede’s leadership, Access Bank experienced remarkable growth and established itself as a trusted financial institution within the community.

The statement also said the bank transformed from a minor player into one of Nigeria’s top 5 banks, with a presence in nine other African countries and the United Kingdom.

“Under his stewardship, Access Bank grew its customer base from ten thousand to over six million, with more than 5,000 employees and an asset base of USD $12 billion, achieving numerous milestones and becoming a globally recognized name.

“His strategic vision, innovative thinking, and deep market insight were instrumental to shaping the bank’s success.

“Following his retirement as the bank’s CEO in December 2013, Mr. Aig-lmoukhuede cofounded Tengen Family Office Limited, which oversees a significant portfolio of investments and businesses in banking, finance, insurance, technology, real estate, and energy.

“Through the Aig-Ilmoukhuede Foundation, he is focused on building Nigeria’s next generation of government leaders, helping transform public sector effectiveness, and improving access to quality primary health care,” the statement said.

Access Holdings added that the decision to bring back Aig-lmoukhuede as the group’s Non-Executive Chairman reflected the board’s commitment to its core values and determination to build upon the strong foundation he jointly established with Wigwe.

With his return, Access Holdings aimed to leverage his extensive experience, industry knowledge, and exceptional leadership skills to consolidate on the growth and accomplishments recorded under Wigwe’s leadership.

“In his new role as Non-Executive Chairman, Mr. Aig-lmoukhuede will collaborate with the Board of Directors to oversee strategy and provide guidance to the executive management team. His return is not only a testament to his unwavering dedication to Access Group but also a clear demonstration of the Board’s confidence in his ability to lead the group to new heights,” the statement said.

Speaking about his return, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, past Chairman of Access Holdings, expressed his excitement and said:“Mr. Aig-lmoukhuede’s appointment to the Board and subsequent election as Chairman is a landmark development for Access Holdings. All our board members are excited about our future.”

Reacting to his appointment, Aig-lmoukhuede said: “I am thrilled to be back in active service to the Access Group ecosystem. I am confident that, working with our directors, our exceptional team of executives, and our best-in-class banking and finance professionals, we will deliver outstanding value to our esteemed stakeholders.

“I am determined that our shared vision, which Dr. Wigwe gave everything for, will be realized.”

 

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