People: Prudential PLC (PRU.L)
20 Apr 2015
Mr. Tidjane Thiam is Group Chief Executive, Executive Director of Prudential PLC. He spent the first part of his professional career with McKinsey & Company in Paris and New York, serving insurance companies and banks. He then spent a number of 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. Tidjane returned to France to become a partner with McKinsey & Company and one of the leaders of their Financial Institutions practice before joining Aviva in 2002. He 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 Offi cer, Europe. Current external appointments Tidjane is a member of the Board of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and was Chairman from July 2012 to October 2014. He is a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, a member of the Africa Progress Panel chaired by Kofi Annan and a sponsor of Opportunity International. Tidjane is a member of the UK-ASEAN Business Council and of the Strategic Advisory Group on UK Trade and Investment. In January 2012, Tidjane was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and has been a member of the European Financial Services Round Table since 2013. He was elected to the Board of Directors of 21st Century Fox, Inc. on 12 November 2014, where he serves as a non-executive director. Tidjane was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the French President in July 2011 and the 2013 Grand Prix de l’Economie by the French newspaper Les Echos. In January 2014, Tidjane was appointed as a British Business Ambassador by invitation from the Prime Minister.
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