The head of a healthcare services provider has been chosen as chief executive of Taylor Woodrow.

Ian Smith takes up his role on 2 January, replacing Iain Napier, who is taking up the position of non-executive chairman of Imperial Tobacco Group.

Smith had been the chief executive officer of the General Healthcare Group, which he joined in 2004. From 2002 to 2004 he was the chief executive of Exel, a logistics group. He has also worked for consultancy Monitor and Royal Dutch/Shell. Smith holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a non-executive director of MFI and 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.”