TULLIS Russell, the Fife-based premium paper, carton board and specialist coating firm, has hired Niall MacDonald as managing director.

Mr MacDonald joins the Markinch company from print solutions specialists Oki, where he has been managing director since 2001.

Chris Parr, group chief executive at Tullis Russell, said: "Niall is an extremely valuable addition to our established executive team and his extensive leadership experience will help us to accelerate the delivery of our clear and focused strategy.

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"Although trading conditions continue to be tough we are well placed to capitalise on market opportunities and Niall will play an important part in driving this initiative."