Morton, who takes up his new role on July 3, joins Quality Meat Scotland from United Farmers, the federal buying group for farmer-owned supply businesses, where he has been chief executive since 1997.
He replaces Jan Polley, who left in January after three years in the role.
Morton said: “I am looking forward to playing a part in taking QMS forward and making sure that the organisation continues to meet the needs of the red meat sector during this critical period, helping businesses make the most of the opportunities ahead.”
Donald Biggar, interim chairman of QMS, said: “We are delighted to have someone with Uel’s knowledge and expertise taking over at the helm of QMS.
“He is already a respected figure in agricultural circles and brings a wealth of experience in both the agribusiness and financial sectors.”