The appointment comes after the abrupt departure of the CMI’s chief executive Gavin Miller.

Ken Hay has been appointed as interim chief executive of the Centre for the Moving Image, the parent company of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, following the departure of its CEO Gavin Miller.

Hay was most recently chief executive of Scottish Screen, until it turned into Creative Scotland last year.

Hay steps in to replace Gavin Miller who joined the Centre for the Moving Image as CEO in August 2010 and went on to oversee the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival. He has left now left the post.

Hay said he was “very much looking forward to working with Chris Fujiwara [the new EIFF artistic director, who is replacing James Mullighan] and the rest of the team in preparing the ground for a successful Festival in 2012.”

The appointment is on an interim basis, with recruitment for the permanent role of CEO beginning immediately.