Janet Archer is stepping down as chief executive of Creative Scotland after five years.
She joined the funding organisation in July 2013 and leaves the organisation with immediate effect, with the company stating she was being paid in lieu of her six months contractual notice period.
Iain Munro, formerly deputy chief executive, is now acting chief executive.
Last month, the body was accused of falling “well below the standard” expected of it as a public body and for damaging the confidence of cultural bodies in Scotland.
Chair Robert Wilson said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Janet for everything she has achieved over the past five years and the important contribution she has made to Creative Scotland, to the arts, screen and creative industries and to public life in Scotland more broadly. We wish her every success for the future.”
Archer described it as “an honour to work closely with, and to serve Scotland’s artists and creative communities over the past five years”.
“Over the past five years, we have supported artistic excellence, and equalities, diversity and inclusion. We have accelerated our work for young people and supported creative projects in all of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas,” she said, adding: “I know that Creative Scotland’s brilliant and dedicated staff will take the organisation forwards positively and continue to realise opportunity wherever possible.”