North-east entrepreneur Martin Gilbert has announced his retirement.
Scottish financial services giant Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) said today its vice-chairman had decided not to seek re-election at the company’s annual general meeting next May, and would retire at the end of September 2020.
The Edinburgh-based company added: “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.”
SLA chairman Sir Douglas Flint said it was “impossible” to overstate Mr Gilbert’s achievement in building Aberdeen Asset Management, which merged with Standard Life to form SLA, into a “truly global and widely respected investment firm”.
Sir Douglas added: “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.”
Mr 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.”
He added: “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.”