Tidjane Thiam appointed to Arkema's Board of Directors


At a meeting on September 12th 2006, Arkema's Board of Directors unanimously decided to coopt Mr Tidjane Thiam as Independent Director.

Mr Tidjane Thiam has been Chief Executive Officer of Aviva Europe since 2006, after holding the post of Strategy and Development Director in London. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1984, and as a civil engineer from Ecole des Mines Paris in 1986, before gaining an MBA from INSEAD in 1988. From 1986 to 1994, he was Strategy and Organization Advisor to McKinsey & Company in France and the United States. From 1994 to 1998, he held the post of Director General of Bureau National d'Etudes Techniques et de Développement (BNETD) [National Bureau for Technical and Development Studies] for the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. He was Minister for Planning and Development from 1998 to 1999, and elected a member of the Dream Cabinet by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Subsequently, he was a Partner at McKinsey in Paris, from 2000 to 2002.

Following Mr Tidjane Thiam's appointment, Arkema's Board of Directors now comprises eight members: Thierry Le Hénaff (President and CEO of Arkema), François Enaud (President and CEO of Stéria S.A.), Bernard Kasriel (former CEO of Lafarge), Laurent Mignon (Deputy Managing Director of AGF), Thierry Morin (President and CEO of Valeo), Jean-Pierre Seeuws (former Chemicals Vice President at Total), Tidjane Thiam (Chief Executive Officer of Aviva Europe), and Philippe Vassor (former President of Deloitte France, President of Baignas S.A.S.).

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