The Institute is delighted to announce that Martin Gilbert FRSE, Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, the asset management business of Standard Life Aberdeen, will conduct a webinar on 19 August at 1000 hours (BST) on leading a global company in turbulent times.
Martin was the Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, which he co-founded in 1983. Under his leadership, Aberdeen became one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. In its first year, the business reported profits before tax of £87, in 2016 the figure was £352m.
Aberdeen merged with Standard Life in 2017 to form Standard Life Aberdeen. Following the merger, Martin was appointed co-Chief Executive Officer, a role he stepped down from in March 2019. Martin was Vice Chairman of the group from March 2019 until May 2020.
Martin is Chairman of Revolut Limited, Toscafund and The Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen. He is also the Senior Independent Director at Glencore plc. In 2011, Martin joined the Board of Sky PLC and in January 2016, he was appointed Deputy Chairman until its acquisition by Comcast in 2018. Between 1995 and 2013, he was Chairman of FirstGroup, having been a director since it was formed in 1989.
Martin is a member of the International Advisory Board of British American Business. Previously, he was Chairman of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority’s Practitioner Panel as well as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
In 2015, Harvard Business Review ranked Martin 22nd out of over 900 in its list of the world’s top performing CEOs. Martin was named Personality of the Year at the City AM Awards in 2017 and Asset Management CEO of the Year at the Global Investor Awards the following year. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and Heriot-Watt University. Martin is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School. Martin is honorary president of the Aberdeen social care charity, VSA.
Martin, who was born in Malaysia, earned an MA in accountancy and a LLB in law from the University of Aberdeen. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, he joined the investment department of local law firm Brander & Cruickshank, which went on to become Aberdeen Asset Management. Martin will retire from Standard Life Aberdeen on 30 September 2020.