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Tidjane Thiam, New CEO of Credit Suisse group

On March 10, 2015, Tidjane Thiam was appointed CEO of Credit Suisse group. This alumni has had an exceptional international career. Jean-Louis Basdevant, who was his professor at École Polytechnique, remembers him as a student.


Tidjane Thiam, 52, will take over the position of CEO of Credit Suisse Group, one of the biggest European banks, in July 2015. This business leader, an alumni from École Polytechnique (X81) and École nationale supérieure des mines of Paris, has had an exceptional international career over the last 30 years.
Jean-Louis Basdevant was his physics professor at l'X and remembers Tidjane Thiam as a "remarkable student" who had a "great dignity" and he adds: "he was humble without being shy." According to him, Tidjane Thiam was "a very bright student who excelled in quantum mechanics, an advanced physics course." Jean-Louis Basdevant knows that he was not the only one to notice this student: indeed "he was chosen to be on front of the Parade for July 14."

Born in Côte d’Ivoire, Tidjane Thiam was raised and educated in France. After several years at McKinsey & Company in Paris and New York, he worked for the government of Côte d’Ivoire, where his final post was as Minister of Planning and Development, before returning to McKinsey & Co. in Paris as a partner. From 2002 until 2008 Tidjane Thiam had leading roles at Aviva insurance company, prior to joining Prudential as their CFO. In 2009, he became Prudential’s CEO, a London-based international financial services group with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He will replace Brady Dougan as CEO of Credit Suisse Group in July 2015.