Ian first joined The Scotsman 1991 as night news editor and has spent the majority of his career with the three Scotsman Publications titles, except for a period with the Scottish Daily Mail based in Glasgow.
Said Ian: “It is a great honour to be appointed editor of Scotland’s national newspaper, one of the country’s leading institutions with a long and proud history stretching back almost 200 years.
“These are momentous times for Scotland and The Scotsman will continue to play a central part in the debate as Scotland decides its future.
“These are also exciting times for news organisations as the digital world gives us great opportunities to deliver more to readers and advertisers and to have greater engagement across the many platforms that technology affords us.
“I look forward to continuing and developing that growth and maintaining The Scotsman as Scotland’s leading quality newspaper.”
A former pupil of Edinburgh’s Royal High School, Ian is married with two children and lives in Corstorphine.
Andrew Richardson, managing director of Johnston Press Scotland, said: “I am delighted that Ian has taken on the role of editor of The Scotsman and am confident that under his leadership the title will thrive.”
Ian now becomes The Scotsman’s 11th editor in the past 17 years.
Previous holders of the post in that period were: Andrew Jaspan (1994-1995), James Seaton (1995-1997), Martin Clarke (1997-1998), Alan Ruddock (1998-2000), Tim Luckhurst (2000), Rebecca Hardy (2000-2001), Iain Martin (2001-2004), John McGurk (2004-2006), Mike Gilson (2006-2009) and John McLellan (2009-2012).