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April 30, 2020

Fund Manager Chat: Keith Skeoch, CEO – Standard Life Aberdeen

by Jake Moeller.

In this wide-ranging #FundManagerChat podcast, Keith Skeoch, CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen Plc, [SLA.L] considers the impacts of the unfolding Covid-19 crisis on investments, the economy, companies and society.

Keith considers the human elements of the crisis, and examines how it is driving changes to the way that investment firms and the industry, might operate in the future.

Keith also provides a market and economic overview, reviews the policy responses to the crisis and considers what opportunities might present themselves for investors and fund management companies as the crisis recedes.

Running Order

Run Time Topic
00:30 How is the Covid-19 drama affecting you and your staff. How are you marshaling your troops?
03:50 How do you distill the complexities of this crisis into making business and market decisions for your firm?
07:05 How is the crisis changing the way fund firms will operate? Will things ever be the same?
09:55 Do you think some of the trends we saw before the crisis may now reverse?
12:25 Will the crisis give more impetus to ESG considerations?
16:05 How might fund management product suites be affected?
18:00 What is your view and outlook on the markets?
20:30 What is your view on economic implications of the crisis and policy responses?
24:00 What will be the impact on SLA’s fund flows. How is cash on your balance sheet going to help you?
26:50 What opportunities might avail themselves as this crisis unfolds?


Keith Skeoch is chatting with Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK and Ireland Research at Refinitiv, remotely from Edinburgh on April 29, 2020.  

About Keith Skeoch

Keith Skeoch, Standard Life Aberdeen Plc.

Keith Skeoch, Standard Life Aberdeen Plc.

Keith Skeoch is Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen plc,

Keith started his career in 1979 at the Government Economic Service. He moved into financial services in 1980 with James Capel (HSBC Securities from 1996), where he was latterly Managing Director of International Equities.

He joined Standard Life Investments in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer, before becoming Chief Executive of that division in 2004. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life plc, having been a board member since 2006, and led the merger with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017. He was named as sole CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen in 2019.

Keith has held a number of key industry appointments. He is currently a board member of the Financial Reporting Council and Deputy Chair of the Investment Association.

In recognition of his wider contribution to the financial services industry – particularly his work in response to the global financial crisis – Keith has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and Teesside University. For his services to the economics profession, he has been named a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists.

Keith is also a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival.


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