The former CEO of General Healthcare Group will become chief executive on January 2

Taylor Woodrow has chosen the former boss of a healthcare services provider as its new chief executive.

Ian Smith takes up his role as CEO from 2nd January and replaces Iain Napier who in May announced he would be retiring next year to take up the position of non-executive chairman of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, succeeding Derek Bonham. Napier is already joint vice chairman of Imperial Tobacco.

Previously Smith was the CEO of the General Healthcare Group which he joined in 2004. From 2002 to 2004 he was the chief executive of logistics group Exel and he has also held roles at consultancy Monitor and Royal Dutch/Shell.

Mr Smith holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA from Oxford University. He is currently a non-executive director of MFI. He is also an adjunct Professor of Business at Imperial College, London.

Norman Askew, chairman of Taylor Woodrow said: “We are delighted to welcome Ian and look forward to benefiting from his wide international business experience.”