Business lobby group Birmingham Forward has announced the controversial appointment of lawyer Diane Benussi as its next chairman.
She takes the job which should have been that of another lawyer, Andrew Sparrow.
Mr Sparrow was deputy chairman, set to take over from Derek Inman in March.
But he was forced off the board in the autumn after criticising Tory council leader Mike Whitby for allegedly stalling Birmingham's progress as a city.
Mr Whitby condemned the comments and then let it be known he would have nothing to do with Birmingham Forward if Mr Sparrow took over.
The resulting row rocked the organisation to its roots.
Mr Sparrow, who stood by his guns, decided to go after disquiet in sections of the board and, it is believed, hints from major players, including some of the city's accountancy firms, that they might not renew their membership.
It is alleged Ms Benussi was one of the critics of Mr Sparrow's stand.
Yesterday she denied that, but made it clear she did have an entirely different approach.
She said: "We have always been a lobbying group and we don't want to be seen as a political group. That is a great difference."
Ms Benussi said it was the job of Birmingham Forward to be influential, to aid and assist in the decisions of others and to give weight to those decisions.
"We want to focus on facts," she insisted.
Ms Benussi said the main focus of her chairmanship would be emphasising the role of the financial community in Birmingham and how it was now the banks, the lawyers, the accountants and others who were largely "the wealth creators of the region".
She warned: "It is not perceived as that both in government and outside government." The sector was seen as a series of different entities rather than an industry.
The MG Rover crisis had seen the authorites rushing to protect the components sector yet problems in financial services were not seen in the same light.
"The importance of the sector should be recognised for what it is," she said.
Ms Benussi, a top divorce lawyer and senior partner at Benussi & Co, will initially be deputy chairman to Mr Inman.
On her becoming chairman, Christine Braddock, principal of Matthew Boulton College, will take over as deputy.
Ms Benussi set up her practice ten years ago. An existing board member of Birmingham Forward, she was president of the Birmingham Law Society in 2003 to 2004.
Dr Braddock is vice chairman of the Better Business Climate Committee, which is responsible for informing, understanding and recommending policy initiatives that address the skills and needs of the professional, financial and business services sector in Birmingham.
Mr Inman said he was " delighted" at the Benussi announcement adding: "I am sure she will make a great contribution to strengthening the depth and breadth of the city's professional and financial services sector."