CKD Galbraith, property consultants, have announced the appointment of Iain Russell as chairman of the firm, as they opened their new Cults base.
CKD Galbraith has enjoyed substantial growth and now employs more than 225 people in 14 offices across Scotland.
The firm has now opened a new office in Cults where services will focus on high-quality residential sales, farm and estate management and valuation.
Iain Russell, who is head of the firm’s rural business division, has been primarily based in the firm’s Inverness office and will also work from Edinburgh in his new role.
He succeeds James Galbraith who has been chairman of the firm since it was formed through a merger between CKD Finlayson Hughes and Cluttons (Scotland) 11 years ago.
Mr Russell said: “I am very honoured to be appointed chairman of a company that is a home-grown Scottish success story.
“All aspects of the property market took a heavy knock during the recession.
‘‘However, we have worked our way through that by diversifying our services and that has borne fruit in the growth of the firm. The opening of an office in such a vibrant economy as Aberdeen and the North-east is a key part of our expansion throughout Scotland.
“Aberdeen is an ideal location to provide a dynamic service to both the residential and rural markets in the North-east.”
Last year, the firm expanded its farm and estate management services through a merger with Angus and Aberdeen-based farm and agricultural specialists, Hayes Macfarlane.
Mr Galbraith said: “It has been very fulfilling to be chairman of a firm where teamwork has been the key to success.
“I look forward to still contributing as a partner and I feel that we are well equipped to go from strength to strength.”