Board of Directors

Olorogun OtegaOlorogun O’tega Emerhor, OON – Chairman

Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, OON, is the Vice Chairman/Group CEO of Standard Alliance Insurance Plc; Vice Chairman of former First Inland Bank Plc; Chairman Synetics Technologies Ltd and Heroes Group.  He holds a First Class degree in Accountancy from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1983). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Institute of Credit and Risk Management of Nigeria and the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is also a member of the Institute of Marketing Consultants.

He trained as a chartered accountant at the renowned PricewaterhouseCoppers and has worked in several Banks including Citi Bank, Fidelity Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank and as Managing Director of erstwhile Crystal Bank. He is a Director in a number of companies and has received various prestigious awards. He was appointed Director in 2009 and became Chairman in 2011.

Valentine Ozigbo, CEO, Transnational Hotels and Tourism Services LimitedMr. Valentine Ozigbo – MD/CEO

Valentine Ozigbo is the MD/CEO of the Company. He is a banker and accountant with over 20 years’ experience in commercial, retail, investment and international banking. Valentine graduated from Lancaster University, UK as a Chevening Scholar, with a Distinction in M.Sc Finance. He also has an MBA in Banking & Finance and a B.Sc. in Accounting both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Prior to joining the Company, Valentine was General Manager and Divisional Head in charge of Global Transaction Banking at Keystone Bank Plc, successor to Bank PHB.His remit covered product development, international business, global trade and eBusiness. Before then, he was the Divisional Head of International Banking and Head of Global Strategic Alliances at United Bank for Africa Plc. Valentine had also worked with FSB International Bank Plc (now Fidelity Bank Plc), Continental Trust Bank Ltd (now part of UBA) and Diamond Bank Plc.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He was appointed to the Board in October, 2011.

OkaimaMs. Okaima Ohizua – Executive Director

Okaima Ohizua is an Executive Director of the Company.  She graduated in law from the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School. Okaima also holds an Advanced Management Program Certificate from the Pan-African University – Lagos Business School. Until her appointment, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, and was responsible for providing support to the Chairman and assisting with the co-ordination and implementation of goals of investee companies.

Before she joined Heirs Holdings, she worked in reputable organizations such as Citi Group and United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA). At Citibank, she served in various senior capacities in areas like Customer Service, Sales, Products; and left as Assistant Vice President and Head of Electronic Banking & Implementation. She also held a senior management position at UBA, serving as Director, Customer Service. She was appointed to the Board in June, 2013.

Emmanuel NnoromMr. Emmanuel Nnorom – Non-Executive Director 

Emmanuel Nnorom is the President/CEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp). Prior to joining Transcorp, he was the President/Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Heirs Holdings Group. Previously, He also served as CEO of UBA Africa, overseeing United Bank of Africa’s operations outside Nigeria and executing corporate strategy in 18 African countries. Other senior roles within UBA included Group COO UBA, followed by his appointment as UBA’s Group Chief Operating Officer (CFO), with responsibility for Finance and Risk.

He is a chartered accountant, and brings over 3 decades of professional experience in the corporate and financial sectors, working with publicly listed companies. He is an alumnus of the Oxford University’s Templeton College, and a Prize winner and Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).  He was appointed to the Board in January, 2014.

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Mr. Adim Jibunoh – Non-Executive Director

Adim Jibunoh is the Business Development Director at Heirs Holdings overseeing the non-banking financial services investments in the group. He is a First Class graduate in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt. His career in the banking industry spans over two decades. His prior positions have included: Investment Executive at the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank(NIDB-now Bank of Industry); Executive Director at Standard Trust Bank Plc; and the Chief Executive Officer of Continental Trust Bank. He is also a non-executive director of Avon HMO and United Capital Plc.

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HRH Baba Mohammed – Non-Executive Director 

HRH Baba Mohammed is the Head, National Parks & Capital Market at the Presidency, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). He has spent over 20 years working at the BPE as a representative of the Federal Government on the Boards of companies including Nigerdock Nigeria Plc, Afribank Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Security Printing & Minting (NSPM), NITEL, Mtel, Nigeria Reinsurance, NICON Insurance and Transcorp Hotels .

He has also worked as Member/Secretary, African Privatisation Network (APN) and Member, committee for the establishment of National Depository in Nigeria. He also acted as Director, Mines and Steel Development at the BPE. He was appointed in December, 2012.

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Hajia Saratu Umar – Independent Non-Executive Director 

 

Hajia Saratu Umar was appointed the Executive Secretary /Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) on May 19, 2014, the first female to hold that      position since    the    establishment     of    the    Commission     in 1995. She is a graduate of Economics from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and also holds an MBA, with specialization in Finance and Banking. A Banker, Strategist, Economist and notable Change Manager with the ultimate goal of improving the Nigerian Economy. Her professional experience spans over two decades. Before joining NIPC, Saratu Umar had spent 22 years in Development Banking at the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM). Her areas of expertise include; Trade Finance, Project Finance, Business Development, Advisory Services, Strategy, Credit Insurance and Guarantees, Human Resources, Administrative Services and Board Secretariat/Legal Affairs. Vastly trained locally and internationally in all core aspects of Banking, Leadership, Strategy and Management she has worked on various projects with world-class Management Consultants aimed at corporate transformation and restructuring.

 

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Hon. Peter J. Elumelu – Non-Executive Director 

Hon. Peter Elumelu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and a Master’s of Science degree in Financial Management Technology from Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). He has attended several local and international courses on corporate governance and risk management.

Hon. Peter Elumelu is an astute businessman cum politician with over 27years experience cutting across the private and public sectors of the economy. He currently seats on the Board of several companies including African Prudential Registrars Plc – and of Pet Jibson & Company Limited, where he is Chairman/CEO. He was the Chairman, Board of Directors of Delta State Urban Water Board, Asaba which he successfully managed and executed various laudable projects. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

He was appointed to the Board of Africa Prudential Registrars Plc on February 14, 2013 and similarly, to the board of Transcorp Hotels on 11th November,2014.

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Dr. Bakari Wadinga – Non-Executive Director 

Dr. Bakari Wadinga is currently the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Bureau of Public Service Reforms. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, an MBA and MSc with specialization in Economics from Bayero University Kano and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maiduguri.

He is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Institute of Taxation. He brings to the table over 2 decades of professional experience in the corporate and financial sectors working with publicly listed companies. He has served as Deputy Director(F&A) National Planning Commission, Head Planning , Reporting and Statistics department (Federal Inland Revenue Service), Chief Accountant (F&A Dept),Ministry of Defence, Finance and Accounts Manager(Savannah Beverages), Accountant (Progress Bank of Nigeria ) and Auditor /Accountant Trainee Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde& Co(now KPMG). He has written various notable articles on the Nigerian financial sector.

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Mr. Alex Okoh – Non-Executive Director 

Mr. Alex Okoh was until his appointment by the Federal Government on April 13, 2017 as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the Managing Partner of Ashford & McGuire Consulting Ltd. Alex Okoh  is currently a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, has 32 years experience, of which 22 were in the banking industry where his responsibilities involved general management, leadership and organizational development. In his banking career, he functioned in a variety of roles; including corporate banking, operations and treasury, often leading projects and initiating and designing processes.  He was the Managing Director/CEO of NNB International Bank Plc from 2001 to 2006 where his visionary leadership took the bank from a comatose state to a position of enhanced value for stakeholders.He also has 10 years in management consultancy, having functioned as the Managing Partner of Ashford & McGuire Consulting Ltd, a top wholly indigenous consulting firm. Alex Okoh is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and has also acquired international working exposure through programs with Citibank New York, Fidelity Bank London, Swiss Banking Corporation Zurich and Grindlays Bank, Zimbabwe. His former employers include Nigeria International Bank Limited (Citibank) and United Bank for Africa Plc. He studied Sociology at the University of Benin and holds a Masters degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Ibadan and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.