Tideway boss Andy Mitchell will replace Andrew Wolstenholme as co-chairman of the Construction Leadership Council.
Mr Mitchell, who will remain chief executive of Tideway, will replace former Crossrail boss Mr Wolstenholme, who steps down after nearly three years in the CLC role.
Prior to joining Tideway in 2014, Mr Mitchell held a number of high-profile roles including five years as programme director for the £15.4bn Crossrail project.
He also spent eight years at Network Rail, where he was programme director for the £4bn Thameslink upgrade, as well as time working on major infrastructure projects in the Far East.
Mr Mitchell will officially take over the role following the CLC conference on 24 October.
The CLC appointment comes four months after the construction industry secured a £420m sector deal from government, one of only six handed out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The deal will see the government and industry invest in the development of innovative technologies and modern construction methods.
The CLC was set up 2013 to oversee the implementation of the government’s Construction 2025 agenda. Its first co-chair was HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins, before Mr Wolstenholme took over in 2015.
Construction minister Richard Harrington will remain as the other co-chair of the CLC.
Other members include Rider Levett Bucknall chairman Ann Bentley, Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds and Morrisroe CEO Brian Morrisroe.
Mr Mitchell said: “I was honoured to be approached for the role as CLC co-chair at what is an exciting and challenging time for both the council and the sector as a whole.
“Securing a sector deal was a huge achievement, and I look forward to building on the strong foundations laid by Andrew and the team as we move into implementation.”