Outgoing CBI director-general Sir Digby Jones is to become and adviser on government and international affairs to Staffordshire manufacturer JCB.
Sir Digby, aged 50, steps down from his role with the CBI today, representing and promoting British business around the world since 2000.
He takes up his new role with JCB on September 1and is on a fact-finding visit to six of the company's ten UK plants, including its HQ at Rocester where he met chairman Sir Anthony Bamford and managing director and chief executive John Patterson.
"Sir Digby Jones has unrivalled experience of business, not only in Britain, but around the world and as JCB becomes increasingly global, his knowledge will prove invaluable," said Mr Patterson.
Sir Digby said: "JCB is without doubt one of Britain's most successful companies and I'm delighted to be joining as an adviser.
"As director-general of the CBI I have visited more than 60 countries and seen first hand the global strength of the JCB brand. I look forward to working with the company."
A former corporate lawyer in Birmingham, Sir Digby is taking on a number of jobs, including acting as adviser to accountancy group Deloitte and Ford of Europe, which includes Jaguar and Land Rover.