Board of Directors

Sir Douglas Flint

Sir Douglas assumed the role of Chairman with effect from 1 January 2019, having joined the Board on 1 November 2018. He brings a strong track record of Board leadership as Chairman, and wide-ranging international and financial experience.

Previously, Sir Douglas served as Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc from 2010 to 2017. For 15 years prior to this he was HSBC’s Group Finance Director, joining from KPMG where he was a Partner. Between 2005 and 2011 he also served as a Non-Executive Director of BP plc.

In other current roles, Sir Douglas is Chairman of IP Group plc, and serves as HM Treasury’s Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Additionally, he is Chairman of the Just Finance Foundation, 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. He also chairs the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and is a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Keith Skeoch
Keith Skeoch
Chief Executive

Keith was named as sole Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen in 2019. He joined Standard Life Investments in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer, before becoming Chief Executive of that division in 2004. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life plc, having been a board member since 2006, and led the merger with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017.

Keith started his career in 1979 at the Government Economic Service. He moved into financial services in 1980 and became Chief Economist with James Capel (HSBC Securities from 1996), where he was latterly Managing Director of International Equities.

Keith has held a number of key industry appointments. He is currently a board member of the Financial Reporting Council and Deputy Chair of the Investment Association.

In recognition of his wider contribution to the financial services industry – particularly his work in response to the global financial crisis – Keith has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and Teesside University. For his services to the economics profession, he has been named a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists.

Keith is also a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Stephanie Bruce
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed Director and Chief Financial Officer on 1 June 2019. Stephanie was formerly a Partner in PwC, having joined Price Waterhouse in 1990, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993 and joined the PwC partnership in 2002.  She is a member of the Council for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert
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.

Rod Paris
Rod Paris
Chief Investment Officer

Having worked for over 35 years in the asset management industry, Rod brings a wealth of investment experience, an extensive technical skillset and valuable knowledge of global markets to his role as Chief Investment Officer for Standard Life Aberdeen plc.

Rod joined Standard Life Investments in 2002 as Head of Global Fixed Income, and was appointed as Head of Investments in 2007 and latterly as Chief Investment Officer in 2013. Rod was also appointed to the Board of Directors at Standard Life Investments in 2004 and to Standard Life Aberdeen plc in 2017. His current responsibilities as Chief Investment Officer include oversight of investment activities in both public and private markets.

Previously, Rod was a Managing Director of Global Fixed Income at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and, before that, a Director at Mercury Asset Management which he joined in 1984. He started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank as a Credit Analyst in 1981. During his career Rod has gained experience in the direct management of both Equity and Fixed Income portfolios for a wide variety of mandates, prior to assuming broader management and oversight responsibilities.

Jonathan Asquith
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed Director on 1 September 2019, Jonathan is the Company’s Senior Independent Director. He is also Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of 3i Group plc and Non-Executive Director of CiCap Limited. Previously, Jonathan was Chairman of Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Citibank International plc, Dexion Capital plc and AXA Investment Managers. From 2002-2008 he was a Director of Schroders plc, during which time he was Chief Financial Officer and later Executive Vice Chairman.

John Devine
John Devine
Non-Executive Director

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.

Melanie Gee
Melanie Gee
Non-Executive Director

Appointed Director in November 2015. She is also Chair of Ridgeway Partners Holdings Limited (and a Non-Executive Director of its wholly owned subsidiary Ridgeway Partners Limited) and a Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate of Syncona 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.

Martin Pike
Non-Executive Director

Appointed Director in September 2013. 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.

Cathi Raffaeli
Non-Executive Director

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.

Cecilia Reyes
Non-Executive Director

Cecilia was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in October 2019. She brings great experience operating in international financial markets in leadership positions in investment and risk management.

Before joining our Board, Cecilia was with Zurich Insurance Group for 17 years where she was most recently its Group Chief Risk Officer, leading the global function comprising Group Risk Management and responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management Framework. Prior to that, she was their Group Chief Investment Officer, responsible for the execution of the investment management value chain – including analysis, development and global implementation of the investment strategy for the Group's investments. In both positions, she was a member of Zurich Insurance Group’s Executive Committee.

Jutta af Rosenborg
Jutta af Rosenborg
Non-Executive Director

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.

Executive Team

Rushad Abadan
General Counsel

Rushad leads our global Legal and Secretariat function, which covers legal and corporate governance matters across our company. Rushad also advises the Board and executive management team on various strategic, operational, regulatory and risk issues. As part of his responsibilities, Rushad serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited.

Rushad joined Standard Life plc in January 2016. Before joining he was at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where he was Group Deputy General Counsel having previously served in other senior roles since 2006.

Rushad arrived in the UK in 2002 to work in the Corporate Finance practice at Dundas & Wilson (now part of global law firm CMS). He began his career in India working in Mumbai in Arthur Andersen’s Tax practice and latterly in Andersen Legal’s M&A and Private Equity team.

Chris Demetriou
Head of Americas

Chris is responsible for operations across North and South America. He is a member of the Global Leadership Group as well as several other committees within our business.

Chris joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2013, as a result of the acquisition of SVG – a FTSE 250 private equity investor based in London – where he was working at the time. Chris moved to the United States in 2014 to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer for Aberdeen in the Americas. In 2016 he was appointed Deputy CEO for the Americas.

Before joining SVG, Chris worked at Ernst & Young, specialising in Asset and Wealth Management audits and transactions.

Campbell Fleming
Global Head of Distribution

Campbell is responsible for all of our client relations and service, sales, business development and client investment specialists across the globe.

Campbell joined Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2016 from Columbia Threadneedle Investments, where he was the Chief Executive – EMEA and Global COO, having joined the firm in November 2009 as Global Head of Distribution.

Previously, Campbell worked for JPMorgan Asset Management as Head of UK after performing a variety of roles within the firm. Campbell had joined JPMorgan with its acquisition in 2000 of Robert Fleming Asset Management, which he had joined in 1997. Prior to that, Campbell worked for Financial Services regulators in the UK and Australia as well as the Attorney General’s Department in Sydney, where he completed his legal training.

Campbell is the Chair of the Investment Association Trade Committee. Previously he has been the Chair of ICI Global, and on the advisory and statutory boards of The CityUK and The Investment Association.

Gary Marshall
Head of EMEA

Gary leads the asset management business activities of our entities domiciled or operating in the EMEA region – Europe, including UK, Middle East and Africa. He also sits on our Global Leadership Group, and serves as Chief Executive of our primary fund management companies in the UK and Luxembourg.

Gary was previously Group Head of Product for Aberdeen Asset Management and joined the Aberdeen Group in 1997, serving as a member of Aberdeen's Group Management Board. He has had experience in many aspects of Aberdeen's operations in his previous roles, having been based in London and Edinburgh, and also in Philadelphia – where he led Aberdeen’s business in the Americas from 2010 to 2014.

Gary joined the financial services industry in 1983, working initially in marketing and product development at Scottish Provident, a UK life assurer. Gary joined Aberdeen when it acquired Prolific Financial Management – then a UK asset management subsidiary of Scottish Provident – where he had been working until the acquisition.

Gordon Neilly
Chief of Staff

Gordon was appointed as Chief of Staff in March 2019. He acts as advisor to the Chief Executive in defining our company’s strategic agenda and delivering the projects that support this. He also manages and coordinates the company’s Global Leadership Group, which is responsible for delivering and monitoring progress against our business plans.

Gordon joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2016 from Cantor Fitzgerald where he held the position of Joint CEO. Before this, he was Head of Financials and Investment Companies at Canaccord Genuity following its acquisition of Intelli Corporate Finance, of which he was a founder. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the Scottish Institute in 1984.

He is a non-executive director of Personal Assets Trust, Saranac Partners and the Noé Group.

Rose Thomson
Chief HR Officer

Rose was appointed Chief HR Officer in February 2019. She has extensive experience of leadership roles at some of the world’s biggest brands, specialising in talent management, culture and leadership. Originally from Australia, she has lived and worked across Asia, the USA and Europe.

Before joining our business, Rose was Chief HR Officer at Travelport Worldwide, a global business specialising in technology for the travel industry.

Prior to Travelport, Rose gained significant experience in the financial services industry as Managing Director, HR at Barclays Bank PLC. She has also held senior HR positions at The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and IBM.

Mike Tumilty
Chief Operating Officer

Mike was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in March 2019. He is responsible for all aspects of Operations and Technology across our company, including the management of our relationships with major outsource providers. Mike also has overall responsibility for Platform Operations in the UK.

Mike joined Standard Life as a graduate trainee in 1994. Before his current role, he previously had senior roles in Mutual Funds Operations, Change Management and Investment Operations. He was appointed to the Board of Standard Life Investments as Executive Director of Operations in August 2010, a role which expanded with the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017.

Mike is also a former professional football referee, having taken charge of 60 Scottish Premier League games during 10 years at the top level of Scottish football.

Stephen Whitehead
Chief Communications Officer

Stephen was appointed Chief Communications Officer in June 2019. He has wide-ranging experience in leadership roles at large blue chip organisations, with a specific focus on communications and reputation management.

Stephen’s experience in the financial services industry includes roles as Group Communications Director for Prudential plc, and as Group Corporate Affairs Director for Barclays PLC. Before joining our business, he worked in Australian private equity.

Prior to this Stephen was Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the UK’s statutory trade body representing the research-based industry. His earlier career includes communications leadership roles with Allied Domecq PLC, Diageo plc, Eli Lilly and Company, and GSK.

Hugh Young
Head of Asia Pacific

Hugh is responsible for leading our asset management business in Asia Pacific. He is a director of a number of group subsidiary companies and group-managed investment trusts and funds.

Hugh was previously a main board director and Head of Investments for Aberdeen Asset Management. He joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 1985 to manage Asian equities from London. He founded Singapore-based Aberdeen Asia in 1992 and built the company into one of the largest and most well-respected managers of such assets globally.

Hugh started his investment management career in 1980. Before joining Aberdeen, he held posts at Fidelity International and MGM Assurance.