The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has said, tackling climate change and embracing digital technology is key to boosting productivity and the economy for Scotland.
Sara Thiam the SCDI chief executive is to move into the newly formed role in June, from being the director of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Thiam is focussing on people having the correct skill set to ensuring the economic future for Scotland.
Thiam said, “In common with other countries around the world Scotland faces unprecedented environmental, demographic, mobility, educational and technological challenges.
“Ensuring our people have the right skills and knowledge, embracing digital technology and tackling climate change hold the key to driving a much-needed surge in productivity and sustainable economic prosperity.
“With change comes opportunity and I’m passionate about Scotland’s ability to innovate.”
Thiam said that Brexit uncertainty is affect investment in Scotland, business confidence underlines the need for industry organisations such as the SCDI.