His departure will be keenly felt at a time when the sport is enjoying considerable success in this country thanks to world-class performances from the likes of Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie, Jake Wightman and Callum Hawkins.
Munro, 42, has been with Scottish Athletics for over nine years and has been CEO since 2016. During his tenure the organisation was named Governing Body of the Year at the Scottish Sports Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
He is taking on the post of Development Director with UK Athletics.
Scottish Athletics Chairman Ian Beattie admitted he was “disappointed” to see Munro go but added: “Looking at it from UKA’s perspective, they are bringing in a top person who knows the sport inside out.
“We will now start our own recruitment process. It is clearly a fundamental role within the organisation.”