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diversified financial services company executive

Tidjane Thiam, diversified financial services company executive. Achievements include recognition as the first black person to lead a FTSE 100 listed company. Named one of The 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Davos World Economic Forum, 1998, The 100 Most Influential People in the World, TIME magazine, 2010. Member Africa Progress Panel, since 2007; council member Overseas Development Institute, London; sponsor Opportunity International.


Thiam, Tidjane was born on July 29, 1962 in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.


Degree in Engineering, École Polytechnique, Paris, 1986. Degree in Civil Engineering, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, Paris, 1986. Master of Business Administration, European Institute of Business Administration (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires)-European Institute Business Administration, 1988.


International consultant McKinsey & Company, Paris, New York, London, 1986—1994, partner Paris, 2000—2002. Ivorian Chief Executive Officer National Bureau Technology Studies & Development (BNETD), Côte d'Ivoire, 1994—1998. Minister planning & development Côte d'Ivoire, 1998—1999, chairman BNETD, 1998—1999.

Group strategy & development director Aviva plc, London, 2002—2006, managing director Aviva International, Chief Executive Officer Europe, 2006—2007. Finance director Prudential plc, 2007—2008, executive director, since 2008, Chief Financial Officer, 2008—2009, Chief Executive Officer London, since 2009. Participant Young Professional's Progressive World Bank, Washington, 1989.

Member annual Dream Cabinet Davos World Economic Forum, Switzerland, 1999. Member external advisory council World Bank Institute, 1999. Board directors Arkema S.A., France.


  • Achievements include recognition as the first black person to lead a FTSE 100 listed company.


Member Africa Progress Panel, since 2007. Council member Overseas Development Institute, London. Sponsor Opportunity International.