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Saturday, March 21, 2009

A coup for the man who fled war to become the first black FTSE boss

A very interesting report. Prudential's chief was previously a high-flying politician in Ivory Coast who left the country after a coup. More importantly, he is a top business mind...Africa needs more of such talents.
 
 

A coup for the man who fled war to become the first black FTSE boss

Tidjane Thiam's appointment as the new head of Prudential caps a remarkable personal journey. Andy McSmith reports

Friday, 20 March 2009

Tidjane Thiam's appointment as Prudential's chief executive shocked the markets, but drove up the firm's share price

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Tidjane Thiam's appointment as Prudential's chief executive shocked the markets, but drove up the firm's share price

Tidjane Thiam surely has the most interesting biography of anyone who has headed up the Prudential Insurance Company. Just one of the many interesting facts about him is that he is the first black chief executive of any of the top 100 British companies.

He must also be the only director of any major company in this country whose previous career, as a politician, came to a sudden end when the army seized power in a small state in west Africa.

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