CEO, Transcorp Group
CEO, Transcorp Group
Owen Omogiafo is the President and Group CEO of Transnational
Corporation of Nigeria Plc. Before her appointment, she served as MD/CEO
of Transcorp Hotels Plc where she was responsible for driving positive
transformation both in Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar.
Owen has over two decades of corporate experience in organisational
development, human capital management, banking, change management,
hospitality, and energy. She was the Chief Operating Officer at the Tony Elumelu
Foundation, before joining the Transcorp group, where she oversaw the $100m
Programme aimed at identifying, mentoring, and funding 10,000 entrepreneurs
over 10 years. She also worked as the Director of Resources at Heirs Holdings
Limited, a family-owned investment company chaired by Tony O. Elumelu, CON.
Her experience includes working at the United Bank for Africa as HR Advisor to
the GMD/CEO, and at Accenture as an Organization and Human Performance
Consultant, specializing in Change Management. She sits on the Board of Avon
Healthcare Limited in a Non-Executive capacity and is a member of the
Finance, Investment & Risk Committee as well as the Audit & Governance
Committee of the company.
Owen holds a BS.c in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Benin, an
M.Sc. in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics
and Political Science and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and IESE
Business School, Spain. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel
and Development, UK, a certified Change Manager with the Prosci Institute, USA, a member of the
Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of
Capital Market Registrars.
In recognition of her many contributions to the economic and social
development of Nigeria, Owen has won numerous awards. To mention a few, in
2018 she was named in the YNaija! Power List for Corporate Nigeria while in 2019,
she was recognized as one of the Top 100 Female CEOs in Africa by Reset
Global People as well as one of Nigeria’s Leading Ladies in Corporate Nigeria by
Leading Ladies Africa; and was also recognized by The Guardian Newspapers as
one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspirational women. In 2020, Owen was listed among
100 Most Influential African Women by the Avance Media Group and was also
recognized as one of 2020’s Top CEOs and received a “Next Bulls” award by
Business Day Media and the Nigerian Stock Exchange. This award category
recognized CEOs of listed companies who through sound strategy, disciplined
execution, world-class governance, and a customer-first ethos have delivered
competitive shareholder value on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. In 2021, Owen
was recognized as a Top 30 SAWIL Trailblazer for her pioneering work in
Transformation, promoting diversity and Shaping Africa’s future. She was also
honored with the Woman of Impact award by VIP Magazine, for her
contributions to Nigeria and humanity.
In 2022, Owen was recognized by Leading Ladies Africa as one of the 100 Most
Inspiring Women in Nigeria and by Herconomy as Corporate Leader of the
Year. Most recently, Owen was recognized by H.E. Governor Babajide Sanwa-
Olu, Governor of Lagos state as one of the Eko 100 Women in 2022. She was
also recognised by Africa.com on its 2022 Definitive List of Women CEOs across
the 24 Stock Exchanged in Africa. This list identifies women who are leading
companies with revenue of $100m or more, or a market capitalisation of $150m
or more. In July 2022, Owen received an Honorary degree of Doctor of
Engineering (Ph.D. Honoris Causa) from the Federal University of Petroleum
Resources – Delta State, the foremost petroleum university in Africa.
She was listed in the second and third publications of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 and 2021 by Avance Media.