Ones to watch: 21 headline makers for the new year

Whatever Brexit or the lingering pandemic throws at us in 2021 there will be fresh faces and innovative ideas grabbing the headlines. So who will be among the news makers this year?

Aside from those starting new jobs, there are top positions yet to be filled. The British Chambers of Commerce is seeking a successor to Adam Marshall, a chief executive will be appointed at Scottish Enterprise, and a new head is being sought for the Institute of Directors Scotland.

Retail, leisure and tourism will face particular challenges for some months, while a Brexit deal is awaited for the financial services sector. Each sector is putting its faith in the talent and experience of those who can build confidence and strength in defiance of the pressures facing them.

No PR companies were involved in this compilation of rising stars and well-versed executives which has been selected on recent performance, prospects, and breakthrough ideas and technology.

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