David Nish (businessman)

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David Nish
Born David Thomas Nish
(1960-05-05) 5 May 1960 (age 58)
Barrhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Residence Glasgow
Education Paisley Grammar School
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1981–present
Salary £2,042,000
Title former CEO, Standard Life
Term 2009–2015
Predecessor Sir Sandy Crombie[1]
Successor Keith Skeoch[2]
Spouse(s) Caroline Nish
Children 2

David Thomas Nish (born 5 May 1960) is a British businessman. He is the former chief executive (CEO) of Standard Life, a British long term savings and investment company.

Early life[edit]

He was born and brought up in Barrhead, the son of a Royal Mail sorting office manager father (who died from a cerebral haemorrhage when Nish was just 17) and nurse mother. He was educated at Paisley Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in accountancy.[3]


He was CEO of Standard Life from November 2009 until August 2015, having joined on 1 November 2006 as group finance director. He was previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and finance director of ScottishPower.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Nish comes from Glasgow, and still lives there. He and his wife Caroline have been married since 1983 and have two adult children.[5]


  1. ^ "Sir Sandy Crombie becomes shareholders' voice at RBS". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Standard Life's Keith Skeoch to replace David Nish as chief executive". The Guardian. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "THE BIG PROFILE: David Nish, Standard Life". Business Insider. 19 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "David Thomas Nish: Executive Profile". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "THE INTERVIEW: Jeff Prestridge speaks to David Nish about transforming Standard Life". The Daily Mail. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2012.