July 14, 2011 / 4:11 PM / 7 years ago

UK's Prudential chief awarded top French honour

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Tidjane Thiam, the chief executive of British insurer Prudential , has been awarded the Legion d’honneur, a French public honour given in recognition of professional achievement or public service.

Thiam’s name is on a list of nominees to receive the award with the rank of Chevalier that was published on Thursday on a French government website.

A French citizen and former McKinsey consultant, Thiam, who previously served as a government minister in Ivory Coast, has been chief executive of Prudential, Britain’s biggest insurer, since October 2009.

He faced calls from some shareholders to step down last year after overseeing a failed $35.5 billion bid for Asian rival AIA, but has since won back investors’ confidence by delivering a strong trading performance.

(Editing by David Hulmes)

Reporting by Myles Neligan

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