THE Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland has revealed that leading executives from Diageo and Google will be among the speakers at its forthcoming annual conference.

David Cutter, global supply and procurement chief at the Scotch whisky giant, and Google UK country sales director Kevin Mathers, will give keynote speeches at the event, which takes place at Gleneagles on October 31 and November 1.

They will be joined at the lectern by other keynote speakers Kim Winser, the Scottish founder and chief executive of women’s clothing brand Winser London, David Beurle, boss of research and consulting firm Future iQ, and Edel Harris, head of social care charity Cornerstone.

This year’s conference theme is Architects of the New Scottish Economy, and the IoD says delegates will hear from the speakers on how to build an economy fit for the modern age.

Aidan O’Carroll, chairman of IoD Scotland, said: “This is a key event for Scottish businesses, especially with the Brexit deadline falling on the same week.

“It is an excellent opportunity for business leaders to come together as a community to share ideas and concerns, while hearing from some of the country’s most experienced business people.”

The conference will be the first public appearance as national director for the IoD in Scotland for Malcolm Cannon. Mr Cannon, currently chief executive of Cricket Scotland, was named in July as the successor to long-standing Scottish chief David Watt. He is due to take the IoD post in September.