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Tidjane Thiam, First Black FTSE 100 CEO

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This week British insurance financial services giant Prudential PLC announced a change in leadership. After 25 years at Prudential including nearly 5 years as CEO, Mark Tucker is stepping down on September 30, 2009 and will be succeeded by Tidjane Thiam , the current CFO. Mr. Thiam, a native of the Ivory Coast and a French national, will make history when he becomes the first black chief executive office of a FTSE 100 company on October 1, 2009.

Pru’s Thiam To Become First Black CEO Of FTSE 100 Co – Wall Street Journal – March 19, 2009

First black FTSE 100 boss at Pru – BBC News – March 20, 2009

Pru’s new chief seen as ‘bold’ choice – Financial Times – March 19, 2009

A crack in the glass ceiling – John Harker for The Guardian – March 20, 2009

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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