Tidjane Thiam "has been an executive director of Prudential since 25 March 2008. He was the Chief Financial Officer until 30 September 2009, and became Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 October 2009. Tidjane was previously Chief Executive Officer, Europe at Aviva, where he also held successively the positions of Group Strategy and Development Director and Managing Director, Aviva International. Tidjane spent the first part of his professional career with McKinsey & Company in Paris, London and New York, serving insurance companies and banks. He then spent a number of years in Africa where he was Chief Executive and then 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 as one of the leaders of their Financial Institutions practice before joining Aviva in 2002.
"Tidjane was a non-executive director of Arkema in France until November 2009, when he resigned from the Arkema board. He is a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, a sponsor of Opportunity International, and a member of the Africa Progress Panel chaired by Kofi Annan." 
- Director, Geneva Association 
- Commissioner, Commission for Africa
- Member, Africa Progress Panel