Meet Owen Diana Omogiafo, a prominent Nigerian business executive and strategist who has made significant strides in her career. From her humble beginnings in Benin City, Edo State, Owen has risen to become the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp). In this blog post, we will delve into Owen’s early life, education, career achievements, and her noteworthy contributions to the business world.
Early Life and Education:
Born on May 28, 1980, in Benin City, Edo State, Owen Omogiafo embarked on a journey that would lead her to remarkable success. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree with double honors in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Benin. T
o further enhance her knowledge and skills, she pursued a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. Owen is also a graduate of the Lagos Business School and the IESE Business School in Spain. Her commitment to professional development is evident through her certification as a Change Manager with the Prosci Institute in the United States and her membership in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom.
Owen Omogiafo’s career path has been marked by various pivotal roles that have shaped her into the exceptional leader she is today.
She began her professional journey in stockbroking before transitioning into the banking industry. Within banking, she held diverse positions, including operations, service quality management, and relationship management. Owen’s expertise in change management became evident during her tenure at Accenture, where she worked with both public and private sector clients across different industries. She further honed her skills at Heirs Holdings, serving as the Director of Resources and playing a crucial role in optimizing human and machine engagement throughout the organization.
Her contributions extended to the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), where she oversaw a $100 million program aimed at nurturing and supporting 10,000 entrepreneurs over a decade. In 2018, Owen joined Transcorp as Executive Director, Corporate Services, and later ascended to the positions of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc.
Breaking Barriers and Achieving Recognition:
Owen Omogiafo’s appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp in March 2020 made history as she became the youngest CEO on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the first female to hold this prestigious position at Transcorp. Her visionary leadership and exceptional managerial skills have earned her several accolades and recognition within the industry. Notably, she has been named one of Africa’s Top 100 Female CEOs, recognized among the 50 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women by Business Day (Nigeria) Women’s Hub, and featured in Leading Ladies Africa’s list of 50 Leading Ladies in Corporate Nigeria.
Personal Life and Philanthropy:
Beyond her professional achievements, Owen Omogiafo finds fulfillment in her personal life. She is happily married to her husband, Osato Omogiafo, and together they have three children.
Owen also engages in philanthropic activities, exemplified by her position on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC). Furthermore, she serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Finance, Investment & Risk Committee and the Audit & Governance Committee of various organizations, including Transcorp Power Limited, Transcorp Hotels Plc, and Avon Healthcare Limited.
Owen Omogiafo’s journey from Benin City to becoming a leading figure in Nigeria’s business landscape is truly inspirational. Her relentless pursuit of excellence, coupled with her expertise in change management and strategic leadership, has propelled her to great heights. As a trailblazer in her field, she continues to inspire and empower the next generation of business leaders in Nigeria and beyond.