Tidjane Thiam: Celebrating Black Excellence In Banking

by Duke Magazine

Tidjane Thiam is an Ivorian banker and business executive. He served as the CEO of Swiss bank Credit Suisse for five years until February 2020. Born in 1962, he has widely grown professionally with a career path in both public and private sectors of economy.

Between 2007 and 2009, Thiam sat as the chief financial officer of British banking group, Prudential before assuming the sir of its chief executive until 2013. Also, he has had stint with McKinsey & Company, a leading global consultancy firm. From 1994 to 1999 he served as chief executive of the National Bureau for Technical Studies in the Cote d’Ivoire. Thiam is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. In July 2011, Thiam was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French government in recognition of his significant contribution to civil life for more than 20 years. In April 2020, Thiam was appointed as an AU Special Envoy on Covid-19.

Going by the recognition of his lustrous works and contributions, Thiam became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2019. 

Thiam holds a degree from École Polytechnique after becoming the first Ivorian to pass the entrance examination into the institution. As a fellow of McKinsey, he earned an MBA from INSEAD.

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