Stewart Oades, CEO of the former Christian Salvesen business, has been named president of the Freight Transport Association.
He has been on the FTA board since 2007 and will take over from current president Andrew Haines in April.
Oades is chairman of Wesupply and non-executive director of Clipper Logistics Group.
He is also a director of GS1 (UK), the global standards organisation and a director and trustee of the charity Transaid.
Oades has more than 30 years experience in the logistics industry and has operated at a senior level for Safeway Stores, Exel and Christian Salvesen, where he was responsible for its turnaround and sale to Groupe Norbert Dentressangle.
After stepping down in April, Haines, who is logistics director at Tate & Lyle Sugars Europe, will remain on the FTA board.