Board of Directors
Appointed Director and Chairman Designate on 1 November 2018 and assumed the role of Chairman with effect from 1 January 2019. Sir Douglas is also Chairman of IP Group plc, Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Member of the Global Advisory Council of Motive Partners and Board Member of the Institute of International Finance.
Additionally, he is Chairman of the Just Finance Foundation, the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. In December 2017 he was appointed by the Chancellor as Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Previously, Sir Douglas served as Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc from 2010 to 2017. For fifteen years prior to this he was HSBC’s Group Finance Director, joining from KPMG where he was a Partner.
Appointed Co-Chief Executive on 14 August 2017 and sole Chief Executive on 13 March 2019. He was formerly Chief Executive of Standard Life plc having been a Director since 2006 and Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments since 2004. Keith joined Standard Life Investments Limited in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer after nearly 20 years’ investment experience at James Capel & Company Limited in a number of roles, including Chief Economist and Managing Director International Equities. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council and Director of the Investment Association.
Vice Chairman Standard Life Aberdeen and Chairman Aberdeen Standard Investments
Appointed Director and Co-Chief Executive on 14 August 2017 and on 13 March 2019 was appointed Vice Chairman SLA and Chairman ASI. Martin is Co-Founder (and former Chief Executive) of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC having been a Director since 1983. He is Senior Independent Director of Glencore plc and Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s Practitioner Panel, as well as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the International Advisory Board of British American Business.
Appointed Director on 14 August 2017. Rod joined Standard Life Investments in 2002 as Head of Global Fixed Income and was appointed Chief Investment Officer in 2007. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, having earlier joined Mercury Asset Management in 1984.
Appointed Director and Chief Financial Officer on 14 August 2017, having been Finance Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC since January 1991. Bill is also Non-Executive Director of Curtis Bank Group plc. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group, Bill trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney, qualifying in 1982.
Appointed Director in July 2016. John is Chairman of Credit Suisse International and a Non-Executive Director of Citco Custody Limited. From 2008-2010, John was Chief Operating Officer of Threadneedle Asset Management Limited. Prior to joining Threadneedle, John held a number of senior positions at Merrill Lynch in London and New York.
Appointed Director in November 2015. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Ridgeway Partners Holdings Limited. Melanie was appointed a Managing Director of Lazard and Co. Limited in 2008 and became a Senior Adviser in 2012. Previously, she held various roles with UBS, having been appointed a Managing Director in 1999 and served as a Senior Relationship Director from 2006 to 2008.
Appointed Director in September 2013, Martin is the Company’s Senior Independent Director. He is also Chairman of Faraday Underwriting Limited and a Non-Executive Advisor to Travers Smith LLP. He joined R Watson & Sons in 1983, and progressed his career with the firm to partner level. His senior roles included Head of European Insurance and Financial Services Practice, Watson Wyatt from 2006 to 2009, Vice-President and Global Practice Director, Insurance and Financial Services, Watson Wyatt during 2009 and, latterly, Managing Director, Risk Consulting & Software, EMEA, Towers Watson from 2010 to 2013.
Appointed Director on 1 August 2018. She is also Non-Executive Director of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Managing Partner of Hamilton White Group and Soho Venture Partners. Previously, Cathi was Non-Executive Director of E*Trade Financial and Kapitall Holdings, and President and CEO of ProAct Technologies.
Appointed Director on 14 August 2017, having been a Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC since January 2013. She is also Non-Executive Director of JPMorgan European Investment Trust plc, NKT A/S and Nilfisk Holding A/S and member of the Supervisory Board of BBGI SICAV S.A.. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President, CFO of Alk-Abello A/S.