Standard Life

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Standard Life plc
Type Public company
Traded as LSESL.
Industry Financial services
Founded 1825
Headquarters Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Key people David Nish, CEO
Gerry Grimstone, Chairman
and Keith Skeoch, CEO Standard Life Investments
Revenue £20,545 million (2013)[1]
Operating income £801 million (2013)[1]
Net income £586 million (2013)[1]
Employees 9,000 (2013)[2]
Website www.standardlife.com
Head office building located at
30 Lothian Road in Edinburgh

Standard Life plc is a long term savings and investment business, with headquarters in Edinburgh and operations around the globe. It has 1.5 million shareholders in more than 50 countries and over 6 million customers.[3]

History[edit]

The Standard Life Assurance Company was established in 1825 and was reincorporated as a mutual assurance company in 1925.[4]

During the 19th century it opened offices in Canada, India, Shanghai and Uruguay.[4]

In 2006 demutualisation took place and the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.[5]

The company sold Standard Life Bank plc to Barclays plc in January 2010[6] and then acquired the remaining 75 per cent stake in Threesixty, a financial advisory support business, that it did not already own for an undisclosed sum in March 2010.[7]

It sold its healthcare division to Discovery Holdings, a South African business, in May 2010[8] and went on to buy Focus Solutions Group, a financial software company, for £42m in December 2010.[9]

In February 2013, the company announced that it had acquired the private client division of Newton Management Limited, a UK wealth management unit of BNY Mellon, in a deal worth up to £83.5 million.[10]

In March 2014, it was announced that Standard Life was in advanced talks to purchase rival Phoenix Group Holdings’ Ignis Asset Management for around £400 million.[11] Towards the end of the month, Standard Life completed the acquisition for a fee of £390 million.[12]

Operations[edit]

Standard Life is a long-term savings and investment business, headquartered in Edinburgh, with operations across the globe.[13] It employs around 9,000 people worldwide, and has over six million customers.[2]

Standard Life has major operations in Europe, Canada and Asia, as well as two joint venture insurance businesses, HDFC Life in India and Heng An Standard Life in China.[13] Its investments business, Standard Life Investments, provides fund management expertise for the rest of the Group. In the UK, in addition to its main business, it also owns three subsidiary businesses: Focus Solutions, a software and consultancy business, threesixty, a services provider and Vebnet, a software and services provider.[14]

Standard Life has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and has 1.5 million shareholders in more than 50 countries.[15] It is also listed in a number of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), including the DJSI World, which ranks the world's leading sustainability-driven publicly listed companies.[16]

The largest part of the group is its UK business, employing around 6,000 people in Edinburgh.[17] It also has offices in London and satellite offices around the country.[18] The second largest part of the group is Standard Life Assurance of Canada, which employs over 2,000 people.[19]

Senior management[edit]

The company’s board of directors is made up of a Chairman, three Executive Directors and eight non-Executive Directors.[20] The board has eight men and four women. Details of the Chairman and Executive Directors include:

  • Gerry Grimstone (Chairman) appointed in May 2007
  • David Nish (Chief Executive) appointed in January 2010, replacing Sir Sandy Crombie[21]
  • Keith Skeoch (Chief Executive, Standard Life Investments) appointed May 2006

The non-executive directors are:

  • Pierre Danon, appointed in October 2011
  • Crawford Gillies, appointed in January 2007
  • David Grigson, appointed in November 2009
  • Noel Harwerth, appointed in July 2012
  • John Paynter, appointed in January 2012
  • Lynne Peacock, appointed in April 2012
  • Martin Pike, appointed in September 2013

Controversy[edit]

In January 2006, Standard Life were accused of smearing a policy-holder, Michael Hogan, who was not happy with the way the company was being run. An e-mail sent to Standard Life executives and advisors (which was disclosed under the Data Protection Act) revealed an attempt to discredit him.[22]

In March 2007 the company announced it would cut 1,000 jobs in an attempt to save an additional £100 million per year in costs.[23] One month later it was highlighted in the company's annual report that three of Standard Life's top executives (Sandy Crombie, Keith Skeoch and Trevor Matthews) were awarded more than £5 million in pay.[24] A Standard Life spokesman defended the awards, citing the leadership's efforts in turning round the company's fortunes.[24][dead link]

In February 2014, Standard Life announced that it may move parts of their operations outside Scotland in the event of Scottish independence, if it was necessary to do so.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Standard Life - BigAmbition Scotland - Your Digital Career Starts Here". BigAmbition Scotland. 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  3. ^ Standard Life: About us
  4. ^ a b Standard Life history: One of the first Empire builders The Scotsman, 2 September 2010
  5. ^ Standard Life policyholders rush to cash in on flotation The Guardian, 24 September 2006
  6. ^ Barclays buys Standard Life Bank for £226m Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2009
  7. ^ Standard Life takes full control of Threesixty The Scotsman, 15 March 2010
  8. ^ Standard Life sells healthcare division BBC News, 11 May 2010
  9. ^ Standard Life buys Focus for £42m BBC News, 7 December 2010
  10. ^ Nicole Blackmore (27 February 2013). "Standard Life Wealth acquires Newton's private client division". Fundweb. 
  11. ^ Richa Naidu (24 March 2014). "Standard Life in advanced talks to buy Phoenix asset management unit". Reuters. 
  12. ^ Simon Jessop (26 March 2014). "Standard Life ramps up fund business with Ignis acquisition". Reuters. 
  13. ^ a b "Standard Life PLC (SL.L) Company Profile". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  14. ^ Sullivan, Nicola (2010-12-08). "Standard Life acquires Focus Solutions to enhance corporate wrap | News". Employee Benefits. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  15. ^ "STANDARD LIFE PLC ORD 10P Share Price - Shares". London Stock Exchange. 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  16. ^ "Standard Life plc Joins Top 10% of Companies in the World - EDINBURGH, Scotland, October 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  17. ^ Submission to Scottish Parliament
  18. ^ "Standard Life Annuities - Compare Annuities Online". Confused.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  19. ^ "Standard Life in Canada". Jobboom.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  20. ^ "Standard Life PLC, SL.:LSE company performance - FT.com". Markets.ft.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  21. ^ "Sir Sandy Crombie becomes shareholders' voice at RBS". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  22. ^ Richard Dyson, Mail on Sunday29 January 2006, 12:00 am (29 January 2006). "Is Standard Life fighting fair?". Thisismoney.co.uk. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  23. ^ Standard Life in bid to axe 1,000 jobs Evening Times, 23 March 2007
  24. ^ a b "Fury at £5m for Standard Life bosses". Edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Retrieved 19 April 2011. [dead link]
  25. ^ BBC (27 February 2014). "Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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