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Credit Suisse's Thiam denies IMF top job rumor

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Tidjane Thiam, who has only just settled into his new role as chief executive of Credit Suisse, has denied he is already in the frame for a new job: Heading up the International Monetary Fund (IMF) .

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The Ivory Coast-born French national said he would not speculate on whether he would take up the job if he were offered it. It comes after rumors in French newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné which suggested he might succeed France's Christine Lagarde.

In 2012, Thiam declined to take a top job at the World Bank as chief executive of the International Finance Corporation despite a personal request from Barack Obama's chief of staff, the Telegraph reported at the time.

Thiam, who took the helm at Credit Suisse last summer and was previously CEO of Prudential, said Christine Lagarde did "a phenomenal job".

"I think it's public that I'm a fan, I've been on the record, and really I've only had one career strategy always, is to try to do my current job well."

"I'm very focused on Credit Suisse and on delivering what I am committed to delivering at Credit Suisse," he said. "I have a big job to do, and I am doing to the best of my ability."

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