The former chief executive of Credit Suisse, Tidjane Thiam, on Friday submitted his candidacy to lead one of Ivory Coast’s main opposition parties, which could put him in the running for the 2025 presidential election.
Thiam, 61, served as a minister under ex-president Henry Konan Bedie. He left the West African country after Bedie’s ouster in a 1999 coup and worked for consultancy firm McKinsey, and insurers Aviva and Prudential, before his appointment as Credit Suisse CEO in 2015.
Thiam recently returned to Ivory Coast for the first time in almost 25 years to run in the leadership race of PDCI – the party of the country’s first president, Felix Houphouet Boigny.
“I am a candidate for the privilege of serving you,” Thiam told a cheering crowd of PDCI members at party headquarters in the financial capital Abidjan.