Scottish Enterprise names Linda Hanna interim CEO

Linda Hanna

Scottish Enterprise has appointed Linda Hanna interim CEO effective Thursday, October 15, after the surprise resignation of Steve Dunlop last week.

Dunlop will leave Scottish Enterprise at the end of October, allowing for a two week overlap to ensure a smooth transition.

Hanna is currently a member of the executive leadership team and Scottish Enterprise said she “has substantial experience working within the organisation in senior leadership roles and a deep understanding of economic development.”

Scottish Enterprise chair Robert Smith said: “Linda will provide stability and continuity for the organisation in the short term, until a permanent CEO is appointed through the full public appointments process being led by the Scottish Government.  

“I am confident that this is the best interim arrangement for Scottish Enterprise and its customers, providing strong and effective leadership for the period ahead.

“I look forward to supporting Linda as she settles into her new role.”

Hanna said: “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead an organisation with committed colleagues that I know so well.

“I’ll give my absolute best in the time I am interim CEO, particularly at such a critical time for Scotland’s businesses and communities as we start to build Scotland’s green economic recovery.”

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