As co-chief executives, Standard Life’s Keith Skeoch will handle the “day to day running of the fabric of the combined business”, while Aberdeen’s Martin Gilbert will focus on “external matters”.
After the £11bn merger was announced earlier this month, there had been City concerns about how, and whether, the co-chief exec structure could work in practice.
Gilbert today played down concerns, saying he and Skeoch are both “team players”.
“Keith and I have established a strong working relationship during the deal process and the mutual respect and trust which has been established will form the basis of our ongoing working relationship,” he said. “Importantly we are both team players and see the benefit of delegating decision-making as well as seeking guidance from others to formulate clear strategic objectives.
“We will draw on our complementary strengths and skillsets to lead the combined company. Keith will oversee the fabric of the company whilst I will be more outward facing focused on building and strengthening client relationships and developing international business.”
The companies said Skeoch would be responsible for “investments, pensions and savings, the India and China insurance joint ventures, operations, finance, HR, risk and regulatory culture, as well as the legal and secretariat functions”.
Gilbert will be in charge of “international activities, distribution including client engagement and business development, marketing and corporate development”.
Sir Gerry Grimstone, chairman of the proposed combined group, said:
I am delighted that we have announced these clear accountabilities for the Co-CEOs in the combined business. Both boards have thought carefully about the key responsibilities and believe that the proposals play well to Keith’s and Martin’s respective leadership strengths. This blend of complementary skills and experience will serve the company well.