Martin Laing, currently editor of the Lennox Herald in Dumbarton, will join the Times team in May.
Group operations director Keith McIntyre said the move will free-up Susan to play a “significant role” in the roll-out of the group’s digital strategy.
Before that he had a long career at Glasgow daily The Herald where he became chief sub-editor.
Sandy Neil joins as a freelance senior reporter, with a view to a permanent role from the summer.
Ellie Forbes and Mark Connor both join the paper as trainee reporters from after graduating from Stirling University.
Said Keith: “These appointment further demonstrate the company’s continued commitment to quality local journalism whether in print or online.”