Martin Gilbert is Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments and Vice Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen having previously been Co-Chief Executive. Prior to the merger, Martin was co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management plc, established in 1983. Under Martin’s leadership, Aberdeen became one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and acquisition, joining the FTSE 100 in March 2012.
The Group’s core expertise is in equities, fixed income, alternatives and property and it manages assets for national and corporate pension funds, central banks, financial institutions, charities, foundations and private individuals around the world.
Martin was appointed Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority's Practitioner Panel in December 2013. He sits on the UK Treasury’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board and the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the International Advisory Board of British American Business. Martin is also a non-executive director of Sky PLC.
In 2008, Martin was named European Personality of the Year at the Funds Europe Awards. In 2009, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Aberdeen for services to business and entrepreneurship as well as an honorary degree from Heriot Watt University. In 2011, he was named Scotland PLC CEO of the Year at the Business Insider/PwC Scotland PLC Awards. Martin is Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School.
Martin, who was born in Malaysia, was educated in Aberdeen and has an MA in Accountancy and an LLB. He divides his time between Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London, as well as overseeing the international operations of the Group.