Throughout his career, Tidjane Thiam has led organizations in both the private and public sectors and developed projects and programs that stimulate businesses and economies.
He is a Special Envoy on Covid 19 for the African Union. Tidjane is also the Executive Chairman of Freedom Acquisition Corporation, the Chairman of Rwanda Finance Limited, and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Kering Group. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee and the Group of Thirty (G30). In addition to this, Tidjane serves as an advisor to Singapore’s Monetary Authority on financial sector reforms and strategies.
In 2015, Tidjane became Chief Executive of Credit Suisse, where he oversaw a successful three-year restructuring program recognized by Euromoney with the ‘Banker of the Year’ Award for Excellence in 2018. Prior to this, he was Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc from 2009 to 2015 where his tenure saw the firm’s market capitalization treble to more than USD 60 billion. He was elected Chairman of the Board of the Association of British Insurers, a role he held from 2012 to 2014. Tidjane also served on the Board of Directors of 21st Century Fox from 2014 to 2019. Previously, he held a variety of leadership roles at Aviva from 2002 to 2007 including CEO of Aviva Europe and Executive Director.
From 1994 to 1999, Tidjane returned to Cote d’Ivoire to serve as a Cabinet Secretary, CEO of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development, and Country Representative to the World Bank/IMF. He led one of the largest and most successful emerging market privatizations and infrastructure development programmes. He was recognised as Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1997 and included in the WEF’s world ‘dream cabinet’ in 1999.
Earlier in his career, Tidjane spent a decade with McKinsey and Company where he was a partner.
Tidjane was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour in 2011. In 2010, he was recognized on the ‘Time 100’ list. He was designated by the Powerlist as the ‘Most Influential Black Person in the UK’ in 2011, as well as one of the 50 Insead Alumni who changed the world and Insead Alumnus of the Year in 2007. He received the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, from the University of Warwick. As an advocate of education and social mobility, Tidjane was recipient of the 2019 Room to Read ‘Champion Award’.
Tidjane is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, and holds an MBA with distinction from Insead.