The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Emily Miles as its new chief executive.
Miles, who is is currently acting director-general of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' EU exit delivery group, will join the FSA in September.
FSA chair Heather Hancock said: "Emily brings an impressive track record in developing strategy and excellent outcomes across government, in Defra, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office. She joins us at a pivotal moment in food regulation, as we implement our new regulatory regime outside the EU, manage the short-term impacts of leaving the EU, and drive forward our modernisation plans. I am in no doubt that Emily's strategic vision and leadership will be highly effective at FSA and I very much look forward to working with her."
Miles said: "I am delighted to be joining the FSA and look forward to leading the department as it faces the challenges of EU Exit while delivering its ambitious programme of regulatory transformation.
"As an organisation that attracts high levels of public trust, I am honoured to take up the role of FSA chief executive and to play my part in driving forward its mission of protecting consumers by ensuring food is safe and what it says it is."
The FSA's Director of Regulatory and Legal Strategy, Rod Ainsworth will continue as Interim CEO until Emily joins the FSA in September.