Businessman and lawyer John James has been named as the next chairman of the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands.
He will take over from current chairman Bob Michaelson in November.
Regional director John Phillips said: "I am confident that John will take the IoD to new heights across the greater Midlands area."
John's appointment can only help further raise the profile of the IoD, and reinforce its underlying mission of 'Enterprise with Integrity'."
John James trained as a lawyer, rising to become a partner at Edge & Ellison (now Hammonds).
He has had a long and varied business career and his directorships include non-executive appointments at bookshop group Remainders, Steel Plate & Sections, retail florist chain Ethos.
He also worked with film producer Intandem Films.
He is currently chief executive of The Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge.
The inaugural director of College of Law in Birmingham, Mr James is also a director of law firm Shoosmiths in Birmingham.
He was also a founder member of Birmingham City 2000, which became Birmingham Forward, and during the 1990s acted as both chairman and chief executive of the organisation.
Mr James said: "I am delighted that my passionate support for the strengths of the business skills in the region has been recognised in this way.
"I look forward to driving forward a business and education programme that is both inclusive and enjoyable for our members."
Mr Michaelson said: "John James has been a long standing supporter of the IoD.
"He is the right person at the right time to take up this challenging role and I enthusiastically welcome him as my successor."