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Stephen Bird appointed as Chief Executive Officer

01 Sep 2020

Following the announcement of 30 June 2020, the Board of Standard Life Aberdeen plc confirms that the relevant regulatory approvals have been received for the appointment of Stephen Bird.

Accordingly, Keith Skeoch has resigned from the Board as Chief Executive and Executive Director and Stephen Bird has taken up the role of Chief Executive Officer, both effective from 1 September 2020.

Stephen brings an established track record of delivering exceptional value to clients and customers, creating high quality revenue and earnings growth in complex and competitive financial markets, as well as deep experience of business transformation during periods of technological disruption and competitive change. Most recently, Stephen served as CEO of Global Consumer Banking at Citigroup, a role he held since 2015, retiring in November last year. Prior to that, Stephen was Chief Executive for all of Citigroup’s Asia Pacific business lines across 17 markets in the region, including India and China, in a 21 year career with Citigroup in which he held various leadership roles in banking, operations and technology across Citigroup’s Asian and Latin American businesses.

Keith stands down from the Board after some five years as Group Chief Executive and 14 years as a Director, and will serve out the remainder of his contract as non-executive Chairman of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute (‘ASIRI’).

Sir Douglas Flint, Chairman of SLA said:

“The transition from Keith Skeoch was always going to be a challenge to deliver, given the incredible scale and range of his contributions to the success of the company over many years. I am however extremely pleased to say we have found a truly worthy successor. I am delighted to welcome Stephen to Standard Life Aberdeen and am looking forward to working with him. He is an inspiring leader with a great track record and experience in leading businesses to harness digital technology to improve both productivity and the client and customer experience. This, coupled with his ability to create valuable partnerships and guide businesses through periods of major change, means that he is well placed to build on the strong foundations we have at SLA.”

Stephen Bird said:

“I am delighted to be joining Standard Life Aberdeen as its next Chief Executive. This is a company with a great history, a strong brand and an exciting future. The current crisis has highlighted the importance of active asset management as well as building greater resilience into personal financial planning. SLA’s leading asset management, platforms and wealth capabilities give great scope to help clients and customers navigate these challenges; this is what attracted me to the company. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to create a better future for all our stakeholders.”