Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983.
Born in Malaysia, Martin was educated in Aberdeen and has an MA in Accountancy and an LLB.
Under Martin’s leadership, Aberdeen has become one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. The Group’s core expertise is in equities, fixed income, alternatives and property and it manages assets for national and corporate pension funds, central banks, financial institutions, charities, foundations and private individuals around the world. It joined the FTSE 100 in March 2012.
Martin is Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority's Practitioner Panel and sits on the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the International Advisory Board of British American Business. Martin is also a non-executive director of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC.
In 2008, Martin was named European Personality of the Year at the Funds Europe Awards. In 2009, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Aberdeen for services to business and entrepreneurship.
In 2011, he was named Scotland PLC CEO of the Year at the Business Insider/PwC Scotland PLC Awards. Martin is Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School. In 2014, The Scottish Business Awards announced him as the winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Heriot-Watt University awarded him a Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his contribution to entrepreneurship.
He divides his time between Aberdeen, where the business has always been headquartered, and London, as well as overseeing the international operations of the Group.