Standard Life plc - Board Change



    MONTREAL, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Standard Life plc ('the
Company') announces today that Sheelagh Whittaker has been appointed as a
non-executive director of the Company with effect from 1 September 2009.
    Commenting on the appointment Gerry Grimstone, Chairman of the Company
said:

    "I am delighted to welcome Sheelagh to the Board. Over her career to
    date, she has demonstrated significant success at senior executive level
    in terms of transformation, innovation and leadership. In particular, her
    international experience, especially of North American markets, will be
    very beneficial to the Board's deliberations."

    Following this appointment, the Board of Standard Life plc will comprise
three executive directors and seven non-executive directors, including the
Chairman. Regulatory approval for the appointment has been obtained and no
other information is required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph LR 9.6.11R
of the Listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority in relation to this
announcement.

    Notes to Editors

    Biographical Details
    --------------------

    Sheelagh Whittaker has spent much of her career in senior executive
positions with Electronic Data Systems ('EDS'), retiring as Managing Director,
Public Sector Business, EDS UK, Africa and Middle East in November 2005. Prior
to joining EDS in 1993, she held executive positions with Canadian Satellite
Communications Inc., and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
    She has been a non-executive director of Imperial Oil Limited since 1995
where she chairs the corporate governance and nominations committee. She has
also been a member of the European Professional Women's Advisory Board since
2005. She was a non-executive director of the Royal Bank of Canada Limited
from 1993 until 2001.
    Sheelagh is also co-chair of the Canadian Government's "Committee for an
Information Infrastructure" and a member of the Canadian Prime Minister's
Council on Science and Technology. She is a member of Maclean's magazine's
"Honour Roll of Outstanding Canadians" and was awarded the title of "Woman of
the Year" by Canadian Women in Radio and Television.

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245 0751

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