Bevan, currently director for Business in the Community Scotland, is due to join the SCDI on 22 May and replaces Ross Martin, who stood down earlier this year.
“Scotland – in common with the rest of the UK and indeed the global economy – faces many challenges in the next few years, including changing labour markets, digitalisation and low carbon driving an accelerating transformation of the economy,” said Bevan, a former director of environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
He added: “When you put all of that in the context of a fast-moving political environment, SCDI has a unique role to play in supporting and influencing Scotland’s position as a more competitive, inclusive and growing economy. I look forward to leading that work with our members and team throughout Scotland and beyond.”
SCDI chairman Brendan Dick, who is director for Scotland at telecoms giant BT, said: “Mark’s most recent experience of running a business membership organisation, along with his track record of significant policy work, made him a standout candidate for this crucial role.”