Vaughan Owen

Vaughan Owen

CEO at COMO Global S.A.
London, United Kingdom

About me

Vaughan is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in Business development and leadership.

He started off his career in advertising, creating campaigns for blue chip clients including Unilever, KFC, South African Breweries (today SABMiller InBev), Nestle, IBM and more. An entrepreneur at heart, in 2008 Vaughan left to start his own agency and founded OwenKessel Communications. OwenKessel quickly grew to become one of the most admired agencies in South Africa and after 5 years, was nominated as one of South Africa’s top five advertising agencies, billing over R80 Million. Clients included McDonald’s, Dimension Data, Amstel Lager, Heineken, Diageo, Total Petrochemicals, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Fiat Group and DStv among others.

OwenKessel was acquired by the global communications network Publicis Groupe in December 2013. Vaughan continued to serve as Managing Director of OwenKessel Leo Burnett until November 2016 when the entrepreneurial bug bit again and he left to join the FinTech startup COMO Global S.A.

Today Vaughan is the CEO of COMO Global S.A., a FinTech solutions company that standardises and automates the 360° lifecycle of transactions. COMO believes that technology can simplify the world of payments, and by providing cloud enabled Payments-as-a-Service, COMO’s vision is to change the way the world transacts with payments through technology in a simple and transparent ecosystem.

Vaughan is based in London where he lives with his wife and two daughters.


COMO Global S.A.
December 2016 - Present (2 years)
COMO Global S.A. is a payments marketplace that connects merchants to the world’s best payment providers, enabling them to access different providers at any time through a single point of contact.
COMO is connected to the merchant's ERP system and creates bespoke payment value chains for each transaction, automatically selecting the best payment providers for each one individually, making payments simpler, cheaper and faster. Fraud and errors are eliminated. COMO can automatically split payments, reconcile, pay out merchants and supply chain and synchronise receivables and payables.
By joining the COMO marketplace, payment providers dramatically increase the value they are able to offer their clients because they have access to the combined services of all connected providers and COMO’s capabilities.

COMO. The Intelligent Payments Marketplace.
Managing Director - Co-Founder
Johannesburg, South Africa
January 2014 - October 2016 (2 years 9 months)
Responsible for the overall strategy, business health, culture, operational efficiency, profitability and client health of the company. Leadership of over 60 staff with 20 direct reports in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Johannesburg, South Africa
May 2008 - January 2014 (5 years 8 months)
Ideas are what we do.
Creative Director (BA)
Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg
2003 - 2008 (5 years)
Creative Leader on Multi-National Accounts Including, Unilever, South African Breweries and Sun International


National Diploma Commercial and Advertising Art

1992 - 1994 (2 years)
Commercial Art and Copywriting

1984 - 1990 (6 years)

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