David McCann replaces Jeremy Watson, who is going back to writing but will still also be working for The Times Scotland on an occasional basis.
Belfast-born McCann (36) lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young daughter and has a strong pedigree in Scottish print and digital news, having previously worked in senior positions at the Daily Record and, prior to that, the Edinburgh Evening News.
Magnus Llewellin said: “We are delighted to have David on board. I had the pleasure of working with him at The Herald and, like everyone who has had any dealings with him, was hugely impressed. I am sure he will go on to do great things as we continue to develop and grow The Times in Scotland.”
David McCann said: “I am thrilled to be joining The Times in Scotland. It is superb - both in print and online - and I look forward to working with a great team.”