The head of lobbying and networking body the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands will step down from the post later this year.
John Phillips, 64, has worked for the IoD since 1993 and became the body's first paid employee outside of the capital.
He says he will retire as soon as his replacement has been appointed.
"I have been very privileged to work for such a prestigious and worthwhile organisation over such a long period of time," he said.
"The very best of it has been all the people I have met and the many friends I have made from across the region's business community.
"Our membership has grown, our profile has never been higher and we are now a highly respected voice, championing the cause of business in what is a fascinating time of major changes."
He cited the role the IoD played in the recent talks around devolution which will see the West Midlands have a new combined authority and directly elected mayor.
He paid tribute to his team at the IoD regional office, which last year moved from Brindleyplace to the Library of Birmingham, and in particular long-time colleague Sue Hurrell and current chairman Jason Wouhra from East End Foods.
"Jason is a superb chairman, one of eight excellent regional chairman I have been privileged to work with over the years," Mr Phillips added.
Mr Phillips plans to remain an active member of the group and will still be heavily involved with its student mentoring scheme at the University of Wolverhampton.
The Institute of Directors was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906 and now has approximately 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas.