Simon Hodge is currently head of policy within Forestry Commission Scotland, and will take up his new role in early December. He succeeds Dr Hugh Insley, who is retiring.
He said: "Hugh Insley will be a hard act to follow, but this is an exciting time to be taking the lead in managing the national forest estate. It will be a privilege to work with the first-class FES team to deliver more from Scotland's forests in areas as diverse as climate change, rural economic development and urban regeneration."
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