Standard Life Aberdeen plc (‘the Company’) announces the following change to its Board of Directors (the ‘Board’).

After an outstanding career with both the Company and earlier with Aberdeen Asset Management, Martin Gilbert has advised that he will not seek re-election at the Company’s Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 12 May 2020, and with the Board's agreement he will retire from the Company on 30 September 2020.

Between the date of this announcement and that time, Martin will continue to focus on strengthening the group’s relationships with clients, winning new business for the group and realising the potential from our global network and capabilities.  Progressively, Martin will transition his client and key regulatory relationships to executive colleagues and certain key public policy, industry body relationships to the Chairman.  As part of this transition, those senior executives currently reporting directly to Martin will move their reporting lines under a revised structure.

Sir Douglas Flint, Chairman, said:

“It is impossible to overstate Martin’s achievement in building Aberdeen Asset Management into a truly global and widely respected investment firm.  His ability to attract talent to deliver that success and his unrelenting commitment to the firm’s clients leave a legacy of which he should be immensely proud and which serves as a solid foundation for our future success.  His foresight to see the opportunities that led to the combination that created Standard Life Aberdeen and his tireless efforts to realise these opportunities post-merger are hugely valued by all his colleagues who now take up the responsibility to deliver on them.

On behalf of the Board and fellow shareholders, I would like to thank Martin for his dedicated service and contributions to Standard Life Aberdeen, particularly as it came together after our merger in August 2017”.

Martin Gilbert, said:

“It has been an incredible journey, almost unimaginable from the earliest days when we were just three people in one office in Aberdeen with £50 million under management to today’s total in excess of £500 billion.  For more than 30 years, I have been fortunate to have worked with brilliant people all across the Company, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues – past and present - who have supported me on this journey.  I will leave the Company in extremely good hands, and well positioned for further growth and prosperity.  I am very proud of our achievements over the past three decades, but I still have a great enthusiasm for growing and guiding businesses and I am looking forward to fresh challenges in the next stage of my career.  Nevertheless, Standard Life Aberdeen will always be close to my heart, and I wish everyone associated with the Company all the very best for the future.”

The Financial Conduct Authority has been informed of this change and no other information is required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph LR 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.

2 October 2019


LEI number of Standard Life Aberdeen plc: 0TMBS544NMO7GLCE7H90

Classification:3.1. Additional regulated information required to be disclosed under the laws of a Member State

Remuneration arrangements

  1. Under the terms of his contract, Martin Gilbert will be eligible for his salary and benefits on a monthly basis until the end of his notice period.
  2. From 1 January 2020, in order to facilitate his transition to the next phase of his career, with the Board’s approval, Martin’s working commitment to the Company will reduce to 4 days a week and, accordingly, his salary will be reduced by 20% to £480,000 per annum.
  3. Martin will accrue bonus under the Executive Incentive Plan until the end of his notice period.  Any bonus earned under the Executive Incentive Plan will be paid proportionately to his reduced hours.

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