An editorial chief responsible for three of the biggest titles in Johnston Press is set to leave the newspapers where he has spent the majority of his career.
He has edited The Scotsman since 2012 and Scotland on Sunday since 2009.
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.
The announcement of his departure was made in a memo to staff, which has been seen by HTFP.
In the memo, Ian said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have been editor of these titles through what has been a truly significant time in Scotland’s history. I leave with the greatest respect and admiration for my colleagues who do an extraordinary job day in and day out.”
The announcement comes in the same month that The Scotsman marks 200 years since it was first published.
JP says the search for Ian’s replacement will begin immediately.
Jeremy Clifford, editor-in-chief of Johnston Press, said: “I would like to thank Ian for his leadership of The Scotsman in challenging times and during one of the most important eras in modern Scottish history.
“As well as the editorial director he also served on the editorial board as my deputy chairman when it was first set up just over four years ago.
“I would like to thank him for everything he has achieved and wish him every success for the future.”