– FRANCE, PARIS – Publicis Groupe (EPA: PUB) today announced the appointment of Tidjane Thiam as a new member of the Supervisory Board, effective at the 2022 AGM, on May 25.
The Supervisory Board wishes to further strengthen the international dimension and the diversity of experiences and skills in its composition. It therefore unanimously decided, on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, to submit to the vote of the Shareholders’ Meeting the appointment of Mr. Tidjane Thiam, whose skills and previous experience as the head of major financial groups such as Prudential or Crédit Suisse and initiator of major projects, particularly in China and Africa, will be a valuable contribution to the Group.
About Tidjane Thiam
Tidjane Thiam is of French and Ivorian nationality, worked for ten years with the strategy consulting firm McKinsey, where he was a Partner. Between 1994 and 1999, Mr. Tidjane Thiam joined Côte d’Ivoire as Director-General of the BNETD and as the country’s representative to the IMF and the World Bank. He led some of the largest privatization and infrastructure projects in emerging countries.
He then held various management positions at Aviva in London from 2002 to 2007, including MD Europe. He was also CEO of Prudential from 2009 to 2015 after having been its CFO from 2007 to 2009. From 2012 to 2014, he was Chairman of the Board of the Association of British Insurers. Then, Mr. Tidjane Thiam served as CEO of Credit Suisse from 2015 to 2020 where he implemented a three-year restructuring program, recognized by Euromoney which named Mr. Thiam “Banker of the Year” in 2019.
Mr. Tidjane Thiam is a member of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Since June 2020, he is a director of Kering, where he chairs the Audit Committee. And since November 2020, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Finance, in charge of promoting Rwanda as an international financial center.
He is a graduate of the École polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Paris, and holds a MBA from INSEAD.
About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe is a global leader in communication. The Groupe is positioned at every step of the value chain, from consulting to execution, combining marketing transformation and digital business transformation. Publicis Groupe is a privileged partner in its clients’ transformation to enhance personalization at scale. The Groupe relies on ten expertise concentrated within four main activities: Communication, Media, Data, and Technology. Through a unified and fluid organization, its clients have facilitated access to all its expertise in every market. Present in over 100 countries, Publicis Groupe employs around 85,000 professionals.
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