Investment Management Committee

The Investment Management Committee brings together the heads of the main investment areas within Aberdeen Standard Investments. It comprises our senior investment staff, who are in overall charge of specific investment capabilities, operations (such as investment execution and governance) and asset classes.

Rod Paris

Chief Investment Officer, Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Rod started his career at Standard Life Investments as Head of Global Fixed Income in May 2002, was appointed to the Board in June 2004 and has been Chief Investment Officer since 2007. He was previously Managing Director and Head of the Global Fixed Income team at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Prior to this, Rod was a director of Mercury Asset Management and also worked with Warburg Asset Management and Chase Manhattan Bank. Rod was appointed to the board of Standard Life Aberdeen plc in August 2017.

Aymeric Forest

Global Head of Multi-Asset Investing

Aymeric joined ASI in February 2019 as Global Head of Multi-Asset Investing. Prior to that he had investment leadership roles within Multi-Asset Portfolio Solutions at Schroders for 7 years. He was Global Head of GIS at BBVA in 2009 and took various senior investment roles within Multi-Asset at ABN AMRO AM for 7 years. Aymeric has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management and has worked in Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid and London.

Mandy Pike

Global Head of Investment Execution

Mandy joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2001. Prior to that, Mandy was an Investment Dealer at F&C Investment Management. Before that, Mandy worked at BNP Capital Markets. Her City career began at Grieveson Grant in the private client department. Mandy has a wealth of experience and is widely recognised across the industry as one of the most experienced and insightful dealing practitioners.

Devan Kaloo

Global Head of Equities

Devan started with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2000 as part of the Asian equities team in Singapore, before transferring to London, where he took up the position of Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities in 2005. In 2015 he was promoted to Global Head of Equities.

Robert McKillop

Global Head of Product and Client Solutions

Robert Joined Standard Life Investments as a Japanese portfolio manager in 1997 from Scottish Amicable Investment Managers. In 2002 he was promoted to the position of Head of Japanese Equities. In 2008 Robert moved to the Global Equities desk as Head of EAFE Funds. Following almost three years in that position Robert joined the Global Client Group management team in 2010 as Global Head of Product & Investment Specialists. In 2016 Robert was appointed to the SLI Global Operating Committee. In October 2018 he was appointed Global Head of Product & Proposition for Aberdeen Standard Investments. His current role is Global Head of Product and Client Solutions.

Caroline Carruthers

Caroline Carruthers

Head of HR, Investments and Corporate

Caroline is responsible for the design and delivery of the human resources strategy within the Investments area of Aberdeen Standard Investments, providing expertise to the Investment and Corporate functions. Having joined Standard Life Investments in 2015, Caroline’s previous experience includes senior roles at First State Investments, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, BP, Tesco and Marks & Spencer. In addition, Caroline is Head of Thought Leadership for Women in Banking & Finance.

Craig MacDonald

Global Head of Fixed Income

Prior to joining Standard Life Investments as an Investment Director in 2002, Craig was a Director responsible for non-local government European public finance at Standard & Poor’s. At Standard Life Investments, Craig has been involved in developing and articulating the investment grade credit process. Craig has 15 years’ experience with the company and is currently Global Head of Fixed Income.

Sean Phayre

Global Head of Quantitative Investing

Sean has been with Aberdeen since 2014, having joined as part of the SWIP transaction. Sean led the development and management of quantitative strategies and structured product capabilities in both Equities and Fixed Interest. He began his investment career at Edinburgh Fund Managers (EFM). He established quantitative investment teams at both EFM and SWIP.
Ginny Richardson

Ginny Richardson

Head of CIO Office

Ginny joined Standard Life in 2009 and has worked across the business in a variety of roles, predominantly focused on strategy and corporate development. In December 2016, she started in her current role as Head of CIO Office incorporating functional strategy, business management and communications. Prior to that, Ginny was Strategic Development Director for Standard Life Investments.

Peter McKellar

Global Head of Private Markets

Peter heads the private equity, infrastructure, real assets, strategic credit and private markets solutions business of Aberdeen Standard Investments; the business has £17bn of AUM. Peter is based in the Edinburgh and London offices, and joined Standard Life Investments in 1999. Starting his career in investment banking at JP Morgan in 1987 and working in corporate finance, Peter moved into industry in 1995 as Corporate Development Director and then Group Finance Director of Clydeport plc, a London listed company and former Montagu buyout. He has a LLB (Hons) degree in Law from The University of Edinburgh.

Archie Struthers

Global Head of Investment Governance and Oversight

Archie joined Standard Life Investments in January 2017 as Head of Investments, having previously been Global Head of Investment Solutions at Aberdeen Asset Management. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Investment Solutions at SWIP and Chief Operating Officer of Multi-Asset Client Solutions at Blackrock. He was appointed Global Head of Investment Governance & Oversight in August 2017.
Neil Slater

Neil Slater

Global Head of Real Estate & Deputy Head of Private Markets

Neil Slater is Global Head of Real Estate and Deputy Head of Private Markets at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He became the Chief Executive Officer & Representative Director of Aberdeen Standard Investments (Japan) Limited following the merger between Aberdeen Investment Management K.K. and Standard Life Investments (Japan) Limited in December 2017, prior to this Neil was the CEO of Standard Life Investments (Japan) Limited since 2015.

Neil joined Standard Life Investments in 2011, leading a multidisciplinary team responsible for product structuring, tax, legal and debt for SLI's real estate business, whilst supporting product financing across asset classes. Neil developed and fund managed SLI Real Estate's investor debt platform and had responsibility for circa GBP 600m of capital across mandates.

Previously, Neil spent over 6 years in Switzerland with Man Group where, as Head of Product Finance & Risk Transfer, he had responsibility for a multi-billion USD debt book in addition to leading the team structuring Man's equity derivative products & OTC derivatives, fund financing and custodial structures. Earlier, as a Senior Fund Structurer, he was responsible for the legal and commercial delivery of various alternative assets funds, structuring and delivering to market single and multi-strategy global and regional alternative asset products for the Asian, Middle Eastern and South American markets.

  • Rod Paris

    Chief Investment Officer, Standard Life Aberdeen plc

    Rod started his career at Standard Life Investments as Head of Global Fixed Income in May 2002, was appointed to the Board in June 2004 and has been Chief Investment Officer since 2007. He was previously Managing Director and Head of the Global Fixed Income team at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Prior to this, Rod was a director of Mercury Asset Management and also worked with Warburg Asset Management and Chase Manhattan Bank. Rod was appointed to the board of Standard Life Aberdeen plc in August 2017.

  • Aymeric Forest

    Global Head of Multi-Asset Investing

    Aymeric joined ASI in February 2019 as Global Head of Multi-Asset Investing. Prior to that he had investment leadership roles within Multi-Asset Portfolio Solutions at Schroders for 7 years. He was Global Head of GIS at BBVA in 2009 and took various senior investment roles within Multi-Asset at ABN AMRO AM for 7 years. Aymeric has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management and has worked in Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid and London.

  • Mandy Pike

    Global Head of Investment Execution

    Mandy joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2001. Prior to that, Mandy was an Investment Dealer at F&C Investment Management. Before that, Mandy worked at BNP Capital Markets. Her City career began at Grieveson Grant in the private client department. Mandy has a wealth of experience and is widely recognised across the industry as one of the most experienced and insightful dealing practitioners.

  • Devan Kaloo

    Global Head of Equities

    Devan started with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2000 as part of the Asian equities team in Singapore, before transferring to London, where he took up the position of Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities in 2005. In 2015 he was promoted to Global Head of Equities.
  • Robert McKillop

    Global Head of Product and Client Solutions

    Robert Joined Standard Life Investments as a Japanese portfolio manager in 1997 from Scottish Amicable Investment Managers. In 2002 he was promoted to the position of Head of Japanese Equities. In 2008 Robert moved to the Global Equities desk as Head of EAFE Funds. Following almost three years in that position Robert joined the Global Client Group management team in 2010 as Global Head of Product & Investment Specialists. In 2016 Robert was appointed to the SLI Global Operating Committee. In October 2018 he was appointed Global Head of Product & Proposition for Aberdeen Standard Investments. His current role is Global Head of Product and Client Solutions.

  • Caroline Carruthers

    Head of HR, Investments and Corporate

    Caroline is responsible for the design and delivery of the human resources strategy within the Investments area of Aberdeen Standard Investments, providing expertise to the Investment and Corporate functions. Having joined Standard Life Investments in 2015, Caroline’s previous experience includes senior roles at First State Investments, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, BP, Tesco and Marks & Spencer. In addition, Caroline is Head of Thought Leadership for Women in Banking & Finance.

  • Craig MacDonald

    Global Head of Fixed Income

    Prior to joining Standard Life Investments as an Investment Director in 2002, Craig was a Director responsible for non-local government European public finance at Standard & Poor’s. At Standard Life Investments, Craig has been involved in developing and articulating the investment grade credit process. Craig has 15 years’ experience with the company and is currently Global Head of Fixed Income.
  • Sean Phayre

    Global Head of Quantitative Investing

    Sean has been with Aberdeen since 2014, having joined as part of the SWIP transaction. Sean led the development and management of quantitative strategies and structured product capabilities in both Equities and Fixed Interest. He began his investment career at Edinburgh Fund Managers (EFM). He established quantitative investment teams at both EFM and SWIP.
  • Ginny Richardson

    Head of CIO Office

    Ginny joined Standard Life in 2009 and has worked across the business in a variety of roles, predominantly focused on strategy and corporate development. In December 2016, she started in her current role as Head of CIO Office incorporating functional strategy, business management and communications. Prior to that, Ginny was Strategic Development Director for Standard Life Investments.

  • Peter McKellar

    Global Head of Private Markets

    Peter heads the private equity, infrastructure, real assets, strategic credit and private markets solutions business of Aberdeen Standard Investments; the business has £17bn of AUM. Peter is based in the Edinburgh and London offices, and joined Standard Life Investments in 1999. Starting his career in investment banking at JP Morgan in 1987 and working in corporate finance, Peter moved into industry in 1995 as Corporate Development Director and then Group Finance Director of Clydeport plc, a London listed company and former Montagu buyout. He has a LLB (Hons) degree in Law from The University of Edinburgh.

  • Archie Struthers

    Global Head of Investment Governance and Oversight

    Archie joined Standard Life Investments in January 2017 as Head of Investments, having previously been Global Head of Investment Solutions at Aberdeen Asset Management. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Investment Solutions at SWIP and Chief Operating Officer of Multi-Asset Client Solutions at Blackrock. He was appointed Global Head of Investment Governance & Oversight in August 2017.
  • Neil Slater

    Global Head of Real Estate & Deputy Head of Private Markets

    Neil Slater is Global Head of Real Estate and Deputy Head of Private Markets at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He became the Chief Executive Officer & Representative Director of Aberdeen Standard Investments (Japan) Limited following the merger between Aberdeen Investment Management K.K. and Standard Life Investments (Japan) Limited in December 2017, prior to this Neil was the CEO of Standard Life Investments (Japan) Limited since 2015.

    Neil joined Standard Life Investments in 2011, leading a multidisciplinary team responsible for product structuring, tax, legal and debt for SLI's real estate business, whilst supporting product financing across asset classes. Neil developed and fund managed SLI Real Estate's investor debt platform and had responsibility for circa GBP 600m of capital across mandates.

    Previously, Neil spent over 6 years in Switzerland with Man Group where, as Head of Product Finance & Risk Transfer, he had responsibility for a multi-billion USD debt book in addition to leading the team structuring Man's equity derivative products & OTC derivatives, fund financing and custodial structures. Earlier, as a Senior Fund Structurer, he was responsible for the legal and commercial delivery of various alternative assets funds, structuring and delivering to market single and multi-strategy global and regional alternative asset products for the Asian, Middle Eastern and South American markets.