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Board of Directors
Sir Gerry Grimstone
Sir Gerry GrimstoneChairman
Appointed Chairman in May 2007, having been Deputy Chairman since March 2006. He became a director of The Standard Life Assurance Company in July 2003. Sir Gerry is also Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Barclays Plc, an Independent Non-Executive of Deloitte LLP and the Lead Non-Executive at the Ministry of Defence. Previously, he held senior positions within the Department of Health and Social Security and HM Treasury until 1986. He then spent 13 years with Schroders in London, Hong Kong and New York, and was Vice Chairman of Schroders' worldwide investment banking activities from 1998 to 1999.
Keith SkeochChief Executive
Appointed Chief Executive on 5 August 2015, having been a Director since 2006 and Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments since 2004. Keith joined Standard Life Investments Limited in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer after nearly 20 years' investment experience at James Capel & Company Limited in a number of roles, including Chief Economist and Managing Director International Equities. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council.
Director, Global Client Group
Colin ClarkDirector, Global Client Group
Appointed Director in November 2015. He was appointed to the Board of Standard Life Investments (SLI) in 2004 as a Non-Executive Director. In 2010, he assumed executive responsibility for global client relationship activity, including client management, product development, distribution management and also brand management. Prior to joining SLI, he spent twenty years with Mercury Asset Management (MAM)/Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), becoming Head of Global Marketing at MLIM in 1999.
CEO Pensions and Savings
Barry O'DwyerCEO Pensions and Savings
Appointed Director in March 2017. He is also a Board Member of the Association of British Insurers. Barry joined Standard Life in 1988 and between then and 2008 held various marketing, product development and actuarial roles. From 2008 to 2013 he held senior roles with HBOS and Prudential, including as Prudential’s Deputy Chief Executive, UK & Europe. He rejoined Standard Life in 2013 as Managing Director of Workplace & Corporate Pensions, and was appointed CEO, Life Assurance in 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Luke SavageChief Financial Officer
Appointed a Director and Chief Financial Officer on 18 August 2014. He joined Standard Life from Lloyd's of London where he was Director of Finance and Operations. Luke has held senior finance roles at Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley & Company (UK) and Lloyds Bank. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and is a member of the governing body of Queen Mary, University of London.
Pierre DanonNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in October 2011. He is also Chairman of TDC, Vice Chairman of AgroGeneration, Executive Chairman of Volia and Independent Director of CIEL Investment Limited. From 2000-2005, Pierre was Chief Executive Officer of BT Retail and, subsequently, Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini Group and Chairman of Eircom.
John DevineNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in July 2016. John is also Non-Executive Director of Euroclear plc and 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 GeeNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in November 2015. She is also a Non-Executive Director of The Weir Group Plc. 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.
Noel HarwerthNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in July 2012. She is also Chair of the UK Export Finance Board, Senior Independent Director of Sirius Minerals Plc and a Non-Executive Director of The London Metal Exchange and British Horseracing Authority Limited. Noel was previously with Citicorp for 15 years, latterly as the Chief Operating Officer of Citibank International.
Kevin ParryNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in October 2014. He is the Company’s Senior Independent Director. Kevin is also Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group plc and Non-Executive Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc and Nationwide Building Society. Kevin was previously with Schroders plc, firstly as Non-Executive Director between 2002 and 2008 and, latterly, as CFO between 2009 and 2013. Prior to this, Kevin served as CEO of Management Consulting Group between 2000 and 2008.
Lynne PeacockNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in April 2012. Lynne is also Chairman of Standard Life Assurance Limited and Senior Independent Director of Nationwide Building Society and Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water and Serco Group plc. She joined National Australia Bank Limited in 2003 and, from 2004 to 2011, she was Chief Executive Officer, UK (Clydesdale Bank plc and Yorkshire Bank). Prior to that, Lynne was with Woolwich plc from 1983 to 2003, finishing her career there as Chief Executive Officer.
Martin PikeNon-Executive Director
Appointed Director in September 2013. Martin is also a Non-Executive Director of esure Group plc and 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.