French-Ivorian businessman and former politician.
Tidjane Thiam is a French-Ivorian banker who was the chief executive officer (CEO) of Swiss bank Credit Suisse from March 2015 to February 2020. He was the chief financial officer of British banking group Prudential from 2007 to 2009, and then its CEO until 2013.
Born into a prominent political family in the Ivory Coast, he holds dual Ivorian and French citizenship. He studied advanced mathematics and physics in France before joining the management consultants McKinsey & Company in 1986, where he worked until 1994. From 1994 to 1999 he worked in the Ivory Coast first as chief executive of the National Bureau for Technical Studies (BNETD). Following the 1999 Ivorian coup d’état, he resumed a private sector career and rejoined McKinsey in Paris from 2000 to 2002, then worked as a senior executive for Aviva before being recruited by Prudential.
Jul 29th, 1962
INSEAD, MBA - 1986-1988
École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris - 1984-1986
Credit Suisse Group AG - CEO - 2015-2020
Prudential plc - CFO, CEO - 2007-2013
Aviva plc - Executive director - 2002-2007