The independent Scottish papermaking and speciality coating group said that Arrowsmith would work with its board to drive growth and development in domestic and international markets.

Arrowsmith is also a former chief executive of global logistics company Tibbett & Britten.

Tullis Russell chairman Fred Bowden said: “We have a clear strategy for future growth and this appointment is a key part of that. Mike brings significant relevant experience to the Board. He will complement the broad range of skills on our Board and I am confident that his knowledge and understanding will add weight to our customer offering. I look forward to working with him to progress the development of our Group.”

Arrowsmith said: “I am delighted to be joining Tullis Russell with its strong market position, innovative product range and unique ownership structure. I look forward to working with my board colleagues as we build on the company’s impressive history.”