Tidjane Thiam

Independent Director

Tidjane Thiam


Tidjane Thiam has served as Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Suisse Group AG from July 2015 to February 2020.

Throughout his career, Tidjane Thiam has led organizations in both the private and public sectors and developed projects and programs that stimulate businesses and economies.

At Crédit Suisse, progress continues building on a successful three year restructuring program recognized by Euromoney with the Banker of the Year Award for Excellence in 2018. Under his leadership, Crédit Suisse delivered in 2019 its highest profits since 2010.

His tenure as Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc from 2009 to 2015 saw the firm’s market capitalization treble to more than USD 60  billion. He was elected Chairman of the Board of the Association of British Insurers, a role he held from 2012 to 2014. Prior, he held a variety of leadership roles at Aviva from 2002 to 2007 including CEO of Aviva Europe and Executive Director.

From 1994 to 1999, Tidjane Thiam returned to Cote d’Ivoire to serve as a Cabinet Secretary, CEO of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development, and represented Côte d’Ivoire vis-à-vis the World Bank/IMF. He led one of the largest and most successful emerging market privatizations and infrastructure development programs. He was recognized as Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic forum in 1997 and included in the WEF’s world dream cabinet in 1999.

Earlier in his career, Tidjane Thiam spent a decade with McKinsey and Company where he was a partner.

Tidjane Thiam is a member of the Group of Thirty (G30). In 2019, he became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and from 2014 to 2019 he served on the Board of Directors of 21st Century Fox.

Tidjane Thiam was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 2011. He has been recognized on the “Time 100” list in 2010.

He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, and holds an MBA with distinction from Insead. He received the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, from the University of Warwick. 


Tidjane Thiam was appointed as a Director of Kering at the Combined General Meeting on June 16, 2020. His term of office will expire at the Annual General Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023.