Graham Box will become managing director of Sodexho Scotland from January 2008.
Box moves across to Sodexho from rival Compass Group where he was managing director for Scotland and the North of England.
He originally joined Compass as business development director in 1995 and has previously worked for Sodexho as part of Gardner Merchant.
Mike Johnson, managing director for Sodexho's business and industry division, said: "I am delighted that Graham is re-joining Sodexho and look forward to working with him to develop our Scottish business."
Sodexho will also be splitting its Scotland and Ireland operations and is looking to recruit a managing director for Northern Ireland and the Republic that will be based in Dublin.
He replaces David Pease who left the company on 23 October to start his own business. Pease had been with the caterer since 1997 and in charge of Scotland and the consolidated business in Ireland for the past couple of years.
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