The CITB has appointed Peter Lauener as its new chairman.
He replaces Wates chairman James Wates, who held the position for eight years.
Mr Lauener, who will take up his new role on 1 May, has a background in education and is currently the interim chief executive of the Student Loans Company.
He has served as CEO at both the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
The CITB said Mr Lauener, who was appointed by apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton, will initially continue in his role at the Student Loans Company alongside chairing the training body.
Ms Milton said: “Peter’s knowledge of the skills industry, along with his experience, will help his work with the CITB to make sure that our country has the construction skills it needs.”
Responding to the appointment, Civil Engineering Contractors Association director of external affairs Marie-Claude Hemming said: “Peter will bring a wealth of experience to this position and will chair the CITB at a crucial time for the UK’s construction industry.
“Industry and government must work together to ensure the right skills are in place if our sector is to deliver the substantial pipeline of work that is envisaged.”
The government announced in January that Mr Wates would chair a panel drawing up the UK’s first ever set of guidelines for how large private companies conduct themselves.