Ex-Credit Suisse chief eyes Ivory Coast 2025 presidential Race


Ex-Credit Suisse chief eyes Ivory Coast 2025 presidential race

Tidjane Thiam, the former CEO of the prominent Swiss investment bank "Credit Suisse," has expressed his interest in participating in the 2025 presidential election in Ivory Coast. 

Thiam has taken a significant step towards this goal by submitting his candidacy to lead one of Ivory Coast's main opposition party.

Thiam's political journey began when he served as a minister under the former president, Henry Konan Bedie. 

However, he was forced to leave the country following Bedie's removal from power in a coup in 1999. 

During his time abroad, Thiam gained valuable experience, working for prestigious organizations such as the consultancy firm McKinsey, as well as insurance companies Aviva and Prudential. 

In 2015, he was appointed as the CEO of Credit Suisse. However, Thiam's tenure at Credit Suisse came to an end when he resigned amidst a significant spying scandal. 

Despite denying any involvement in the scandal, he made the decision to step down from his position. 

Recently, Thiam made a long-awaited return to Ivory Coast, marking his first visit to the country in nearly 25 years. 

This visit was primarily motivated by his desire to participate in the leadership race of the PDCI, a prominent opposition party in the country as he sights on the upcoming 2025 presidential race in Ivory Coast. 

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