|Traded as||LSE: SL.|
|Headquarters||Edinburgh, Scotland, UK|
|Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman
David Nish, CEO
Keith Skeoch, CEO from August 2015
|Revenue||£1,433 million (2014)|
|£604 million (2014)|
|£376 million (2014)|
Number of employees
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 4.5 million customers worldwide, with a further 20 million customers through joint ventures in China and India.
The Standard Life Assurance Company was established in 1825 and was reincorporated as a mutual assurance company in 1925.
The company sold Standard Life Bank plc to Barclays plc in January 2010 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.
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.
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. Towards the end of the month, Standard Life completed the acquisition for a fee of £390 million.
In September 2014, Standard Life agreed to sell its Canadian operations to The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation. It completed this sale on 30 January 2015 for a cash consideration of C$4.0bn. The transaction included a Global Collaboration Agreement where Manulife will seek to distribute Standard Life Investments' funds in Canada, the US and Asia.
In a round-up of 2014 business, pre-tax profits rose by 19% to £604m, fee-based revenue during the year grew 14% to 1.43bn, and over 340,000 auto-enrolment customers were added. The pay and bonus of Chief Executive, David Nish, rose by 23% to almost £5.5m.
In February 2015, Standard Life announced it was launching a wholly owned, UK-wide, financial advice business saying it was “responding to fundamental changes that were driving unprecedented demand for advice from customers”. In doing so, it confirmed that it had entered into an agreement with Skipton Building Society to purchase Pearson Jones, a firm of financial advisers and paraplanners, and this acquisition was completed in May 2015 when the name of its new financial advice business was announced as “1825” – a reference to the year Standard Life was founded.
Standard Life is a long-term investment savings business, headquartered in Edinburgh, with operations across the globe. It employs around 6,500 people internationally and has 4.5 million customers worldwide, with a further 20 million customers through joint ventures in China and India.
Standard Life has major operations in Europe and Asia, as well as two joint venture insurance businesses, HDFC Life in India and Heng An Standard Life in China. 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.
Standard Life has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and has 1.5 million shareholders in more than 50 countries. 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.
The company’s board of directors is made up of a Chairman, three Executive Directors and eight non-Executive Directors. The board has nine men and two women. Details of the Chairman and Executive Directors include:
- Sir Gerry Grimstone (Chairman) appointed in May 2007
- David Nish (Chief Executive) appointed in January 2010, replacing Sir Sandy Crombie
- Keith Skeoch (Chief Executive, Standard Life Investments) appointed May 2006
- Luke Savage (Chief Financial Officer) appointed in August 2014
The non-executive directors are:
- Pierre Danon, appointed in October 2011
- Crawford Gillies, appointed in January 2007
- Noel Harwerth, appointed in July 2012
- Lynne Peacock, appointed in April 2012
- Martin Pike, appointed in September 2013
- Isabel Hudson, appointed in October 2014
- Kevin Parry, appointed in October 2014
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.
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. 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. A Standard Life spokesman defended the awards, citing the leadership's efforts in turning round the company's fortunes.[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.
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