Keith Anderson, chief executive of ScottishPower, has taken over from Edrington Distillers’ director of operations Graham Hutcheon as Chair of CBI Scotland.
He also joins the CBI Chairs’ Committee, the body responsible for setting and steering CBI policy at a UK level.
A longstanding member of the CBI, Anderson joined the Scotland council in 2019 and currently serves as Vice Chair.
He played a key role in developing the Scottish Leaders Mentoring Scheme – a joint initiative between ScottishPower and CBI Scotland to provide mentoring for the next generation of female business leaders in Scotland.
Prior to his current role at ScottishPower, Anderson was chief executive of ScottishPower Renewables and led Iberdrola’s international offshore business.
Before joining the company, he worked with financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with EY.
Jennifer Young, managing partner of Ledingham Chalmers, will succeed him as CBI Scotland Vice Chair.
Anderson stated: “There’s never been a more challenging time for the business community and, as such, it’s imperative CBI Scotland is a leading voice and advocate in driving the economic recovery that will deliver a clean, green and prosperous future for the nation.
“At the heart of this will be making the best use of our collective knowledge, expertise and determination to showcase business as a force for good and a means of coming out the other side better and stronger – delivering jobs, investment and economic growth that will benefit every city, town and village in the country.
“2021 will be a landmark year for Scotland, with the UN COP26 summit coming to Glasgow, and this is a terrific opportunity for Scottish firms – from John O’Groats to Jedburgh – to show the world what we’re doing to tackle climate change and create a net zero economy that’s fair for all.”
Tracy Black, director of CBI Scotland, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Keith as CBI Scotland Chair at what will undoubtedly be a very challenging time for the Scottish economy.
“His knowledge, experience and expertise will be invaluable as we look to build back better from the pandemic and institute a truly green recovery in Scotland and beyond.
“I also want to pay tribute to our outgoing Chair Graham Hutcheon, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership during some extremely turbulent times.
“Graham has been a tremendous source of support throughout the Brexit process and has played a key role in cementing relations with government and the local business community,” she added.