Nick Harris will be Highways England’s acting chief executive from February 1 when Jim O’Sullivan steps down from the role.
Harris, currently the company’s executive director of operations, is a civil engineer with extensive experience in delivering multi-million pound infrastructure programmes.
Since joining Highways England in 2016 he has been responsible for the operation and maintenance of the network.
In this role, he has led changes in the way Highways England works with its supply chain and introduced new ways of working to improve the quality of service to road users and local communities.
Dipesh J Shah, Highways England chair, said: “I am pleased Nick has agreed to act as chief executive. I’m confident he’ll build on the work we have all done since 2015 to make Highways England the successful organisation it is today.
“I’d like to thank Jim O’Sullivan for all he has achieved at Highways England. Since he joined the company in 2015 he has been instrumental in so many positive things. He leaves behind a reputation for delivery that is on time and on budget as well as improvements in the culture of customer service and safety that runs through everything we do.”
Harris said: “Our road network has always played a vital role in connecting the country and boosting the economy, and now even more so.
“I’m delighted to be taking over, as we move into the second year of our second roads programme.”