Tidjane Thiam, born in Côte d’Ivoire, is Chief Executive Officer of the London-based international financial services group Prudential.
Thiam previously served as chief financial officer of Prudential from March 2008 to September 2009.
Thiam spent the first part of his professional career with McKinsey & Company in Paris and New York, serving insurance companies and banks.
Thiam then spent several years in Africa where he was chief executive and later chairman of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development in Côte d’Ivoire and a cabinet member as Secretary of Planning and Development.
Thiam returned to France to become a partner with McKinsey & Company and one of the leaders of its financial institutions practice before joining the British multinational insurance company Aviva in 2002.
Thiam worked at Aviva until 2008, holding successively the positions of Group Strategy and Development Director, Managing Director of Aviva International, Group Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Europe.
Thiam is a member of the council of the Overseas Development Institute in London and a sponsor of Opportunity International, a charity focusing on microfinance in developing countries. In January 2012, he was appointed to the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and he has been a member of the European Financial Round Table since January 2013.
Thiam holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and an MBA from the French business school INSEAD.
A national of both Côte d’Ivoire and France, he was awarded the rank of chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French government in July 2011.