Martin GilbertChairman at Revolut, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Martin Gilbert is Vice Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen plc and Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, the asset management business of the group. It was announced in October that he would be stepping down from the Company at the end of September 2020.
Martin was the Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, which he co-founded in 1983. Under his leadership, Aberdeen became one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. In its first financial year AAM made a gross profit of £87 versus £350 million in 2016, the year prior to AAM’s merger with Standard Life, and the £650m profit Standard Life Aberdeen made last year.
In 2015, Harvard Business Review ranked Martin 22nd out of over 900 in its list of the world’s top performing CEOs. Martin was named Personality of the Year at the City AM Awards in 2017 and Asset Management CEO of the Year at the Global Investor Awards the following year.
Martin is also Chairman of Revolut Limited and is the Senior Independent Director at Glencore plc.
Martin, who was born in Malaysia, earned an MA in accountancy and a law degree from the University of Aberdeen. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, he joined the investment department of local law firm Brander & Cruikshank, which went on to become Aberdeen Asset Management.