David Frost will replace Gavin Hewitt, who is stepping down from at the end of the year
Former ambassador and senior civil servant David Frost has been named as the new chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association.
He will replace Gavin Hewitt, who is stepping down as chief executive of the industry trade body at the end of the year.
Frost, a former Ambassador to Denmark, has most recently been responsible for UK trade policy, working with the EU Commission in role as director for Europe, Trade and International Affairs at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
He will step down from his government role to take up the job with the Scotch Whisky Association.
Frost said: "My career to date working in economic, trade, and EU affairs in the UK and overseas has given me a wealth of experience of global commercial issues which will stand me in good stead in my new role in the Scotch whisky industry.
"I am excited about taking up this new position at the helm of this highly-respected trade body which provides an invaluable service to the industry.
"I am also very much looking forward to living and working in Edinburgh.”
The trade body's current chief executive, Gavin Hewitt, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years as chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association.
“The industry has expanded to meet surging global demand, with exports almost doubling in the last 10 years and unprecedented levels of new investment.
“Scotch whisky is vital to the UK and Scottish economies.
“David Frost's experience of working closely on economic affairs in the UK and overseas fits him well for the role of SWA chief executive.”