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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Biography of Herbert Wigwe, The MD/CEO of Access Bank Plc

Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe (born 15 August 1966 in Lagos) is a Nigerian banker and entrepreneur. He is currently CEO and Group managing director of Access Bank plc, one of Nigeria's top five banking institutions in Nigeria. He is married to Chizoba Wigwe (née Nwuba) and has 4 children: Chizi, Tochi, Hannah and David. He lives and works in Lagos.
He has 3 sisters and 1 brother. His nephew, Ruchi Wigwe, is a musician and has released his first single 'Fire' .

Wigwe has a degree in accountancy from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, and is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program.

Wigwe began his career at Coopers & Lybrand, Lagos as a management consultant, later qualifying as a chartered accountant. After a stint at Capital Bank, he joined GTBank where he spent over a decade working in corporate and institutional banking, rising to become the executive director in charge of institutional banking.

In 2002, Wigwe and his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, saw a unique opportunity and grasped it, acquiring what was then a small commercial bank, Access Bank – at the time, the 65th largest of the 89 banks in the country.
Access Bank is now one of the top five banks in Nigeria and ranked among the top 500 global banks according to a 2015 report by The Banker magazine and is aiming to be Africa's top bank. It currently serves over 6.5 million account-holders, through 350 branches and with more than 1,500 ATMs in major centres across Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

He has had speaking engagements across the world including most recently at Silicon Valley and Financial Times summit in Mozambique.

Under Wigwe, Access Bank has amassed quite a number of awards. In 2016, it won Bank of the Year and CEO of the Year at the BusinessDay Banking awards in Lagos. It also clinched three prestigious awards at the annual Africa Banking Awards for the “Outstanding Business Sustainability” in the 2016 Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards in Germany, the first ever for an African financial institution.

Wigwe, Access Bank and UNICEF have a collaboration in place to offer support to vulnerable children, orphans and internationally displaced persons in the northern part of Nigeria. To raise awareness for this purpose, the bank organizes the annual high-profile Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament.
‘Under Wigwe, Access Bank won best Bank of the Year and CEO of the Year award, and ranks among top 5 banks in Nigeria’

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Stanley Uchenna

Wow, nice one

Endy Edeson

Happy weekend Stanley, I profile men who rule the world with ideas. Herbert Wigwe is among them

Johnson Ahile

Access bank is the best for me in naija. Wigwe you are too much

Faith Kinika

This man try for the bank especially the recent paternity leave policy

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