IoD Scotland hires cricket boss Cannon as new chief

Malcolm Cannon

The Institute of Directors Scotland announced on Monday that Malcolm Cannon has been appointed National Director for Scotland and will assume the role in September.

Cannon joins IoD Scotland from Cricket Scotland where he helped restructure the organisation.

Prior to this, Cannon led both property marketing firm ESPC and the wellington brand Hunter.

Cannon replaces David Watt who announced his retiral from IoD Scotland in late 2018.

IoD Scotland chair Aidan O’Carroll said: “We are delighted that we have been able to attract someone like Malcom to the role.

“He has a great reputation for reinvigorating a brand and taking it to the widest possible audience.

“His vision and ambition to grow the organisations he has worked with is clearly demonstrated in the great results that have been produced under his leadership.

“As we transform the IoD here in Scotland to be the leading organisation that attracts directors and other leaders across all sectors, Malcolm will bring a dynamic approach that I have no doubt will reinforce our relevance in the business community.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the Scotland team where he will work closely with myself and our regional chairs to take our membership organisation to new audiences and sectors.”

Cannon said: “Having experience of working across multiple sectors has given me a very grounded view into the needs of businesses – especially those facing commercial challenges.

“It is no secret that businesses and their leaders are currently working day to day and not year to year as a direct result of the strained political and economic environments.

“It is therefore the responsibility of organisations like the Institute of Directors to be their voice in Scotland and ensure that they are heard at the highest levels.

“It is a privilege to be given this opportunity to work with an iconic organisation that has supported business leaders for over a century.

“While I have some large shoes to fill, I look forward to meeting and working with all of our members in Scotland and beyond.”