Valentine Ozigbo is a business leader and entrepreneur with over twenty six years experience in corporate transformation, power, hospitality, energy and banking (commercial, retail, investment and international banking).
He is the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp)
Transcorp being one of Africa’s largest conglomerates which includes Transcorp Power, one of the largest power generation companies in Nigeria, Transcorp Hotels, the owners of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Transcorp Hotels Calabar; and Transcorp OPL281, an oil and gas company. He stepped down from the role in March 2020 and retains a seat on the Board of Transcorp Plc, the Board of Transcorp Hotels Plc, and on the Board of Transcorp Power Limited.
A Business Pioneer
He currently chairs the Finance and General Purpose Committee of Transcorp Power Limited.
After holding the position of Managing Director/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc for 7 years during which he led a $100 million project that saw Transcorp Hilton Abuja undergo a globally celebrated transformation and upgrade, Mr. Ozigbo was elevated to the role of President and CEO of Transcorp.
He has won several internationally coveted awards in the hospitality industry including the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality CEO of the Year 2016, which he received in Spain. In October 2019, he was voted Seven Stars Hospitality Personality of the Year in Athens, Greece.
He began his career as an Executive Trainee in the banking industry.
In 17 years, he had attained the top position of General Manager where he was Director of the Global Transaction Banking Division of a leading bank. His decorated career spanned United Bank for Africa Plc, FSB International Bank Plc (now part of Fidelity Bank Plc), Continental Trust Bank Ltd (now part of UBA), and Diamond Bank Plc (now Access Bank Plc), and Keystone Bank Limited (formerly Bank PHB) from where he was headhunted for a role in Transcorp.
An award winning graduate, Valentine Ozigbo has an impressive track record for academic excellence. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to study for a Masters of Science in Finance at the Lancaster University, UK, where he graduated with a Distinction. At its 2019 graduation ceremony, Lancaster University recognized him as a Distinguished Alumni. Valentine also holds an MBA in Banking & Finance and a B.Sc. in Accounting both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he was the best graduating student in his faculty.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, the Institute of Credit Administration, and the Institute of Tourism Professionals. He is also a
member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) Nigeria and a member of Board of Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt.
A prominent change leader who advocates for excellence in every sphere of life, Valentine Ozigbo is a leading individual promoter of sports, youth development, and community building in Nigeria. He is the founder of Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (VCO) Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that focuses on youth empowerment and capacity building. He chaired Unusual Praise 2018, the largest Catholic gospel concert in Africa. He currently chairs Unusual Entrepreneur, one of the most impactful faith-based entrepreneurship programmes in Nigeria. He is also the Chairman of Feet and Tricks Limited, the exclusive promoters of Freestyle Football in Africa in partnership with World Freestyle Football Association.
Valentine is married to Ojiugo and they have four children.