Valentine Ozigbo is the Manging Director and CEO of Transnational Hotels and Tourism Services Ltd, which owns Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja and Transcorp Metropolitan Hotels and Conferencing Limited, owner of Transcorp Hotels Calabar. He is a banker and accountant with over 20 years of experience in commercial, retail, investment and international banking.
Valentine graduated from Lancaster University, UK, where he received 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 (UNN).
Prior to joining Transcorp, Valentine was General Manager and Divisional Head in charge of Global Transaction Banking at Keystone Bank Plc, successor to Bank PHB. He 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 has also worked with FSB Int. 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.
Okaima Ohizua is the Executive Director of Transcorp Hotels Plc. She is a qualified lawyer from the University of Benin, the Nigerian Law School and has 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 Heirs Holdings’ investee companies for greater effectiveness in the office of the Chairman.
Before she joined the Heirs Group, she had served in various capacities within the financial services sector with institutions such as United Bank for Africa Plc, where she was Director for Customer Service. Prior to that, she was at Citi Group for over 15years, leaving as an Assistant Vice President and Head of Electronic Banking & Implementation. Other areas she held senior management positions in were in Sales and Products, and CitiService.
Adekunle Elumaro is the Chief Financial Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc.
He graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Accounting from University of Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State in 1999. He graduated with First Class Honours.
Adekunle started his professional career with Ernst & Young in 2001. He had both tax and audit experience before joining Nestle Nigeria Plc and Neptune Software Plc where he gained both financial accounting and information technology experiences respectively. He returned to professional practice in 2005 with Deloitte.
At Deloitte, Adekunle worked as a financial adviser for 7 years advising organizations across industries. His professional skills range from valuation, due diligence, financial modelling, forensic auditing, and special financial investigation to buy side/sell side advisory. He joined Transcorp Hotels Plc in 2012 as the CFO.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration. He is a level 3 Candidate of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute. He is currently running a Masters degree in Finance & Control with the SMC University, Switzerland.
Helen Iwuchukwu, Group Company Secretary
Helen Iwuchukwu is the Company Secretary of the companies in the Transcorp Group. She holds an LL.B (Hons) degree in Law from Abia State University. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993 (BL Hons) and holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Middlesex University Business School, London. She specialises in Employment Law. She began her legal career in 1995 with the firm Banwo & Ighodalo Solicitors and later FieldCrest Attorneys in Lagos. She enriched her professional experience at Samuel Davis Solicitors, and later, Pinnacle Solicitors both in London. She worked at Northwest London Hospitals NHS Trust until 2006 when she joined Transcorp Plc and has held a number of sensitive and senior positions at Transcorp and its subsidiaries in different capacities; they include Company Secretary/Legal Adviser for all companies within Transcorp Plc Group, Company Secretary Transcorp Hotels Plc, Legal Adviser Strategic Partnerships, human capital management and Government relations.
Irene holds a second class upper degree (BSc) in Microbiology and Brewing from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified as a Financial Service Auditor (CFSA). Irene has also been certified by the Institute for International Research in conjunction with the George Washington University School of Business on Corporate Governance Best Practices.
She began her career as an Analyst in KPMG Professional Services, a leading Nigerian partnership with international affiliation, which provides audit, tax and advisory services. Prior to joining Transcorp, she had risen to the position of Assistant Manager in the Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance Services Unit of the firm, with responsibility for overseeing, managing and coordinating engagements and project teams. She has varied relevant experience in internal audit and control, quality assurance, compliance and process reviews, accounting/financial reporting, and corporate governance.
Irene is an active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Peter Donnellan is the Project Director at Transcorp Hotels Plc. He is a Civil Engineering graduate and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Law, LLM specializing in Construction and Arbitration. In addition to these, he also holds a number of degrees and certifications in various disciplines including Logistics Management, Electronic Engineering and Business Management.
Peter has over 25 years experience in large capital projects which includes but not limited to building of hotels and resorts, shopping malls, railroads, ports, power plants, bridges, housing and commercial buildings. He started his career at Mcinerney Construction, Portugal where he worked as a junior Project Manager after which he worked with Bovis Lendlease as General Manager, Infrastructure Division. Until recently, he worked with Halliburton in Brazil where he was responsible for setting up all cost reporting procedures and reports; advising and assisting the Client and the Employer’s Project Manager (PM) in administering the terms of the building contract during operations on Site and financial reporting.
Peter has achieved the delivery of 27 hotels and resorts in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, London, Portugal, Spain and Jordan.