Councillor Malcolm Longley will take over the Finance portfolio in Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet with immediate effect.
Cllr Longley will replace, Cllr Michael Clarke, who is retiring from the position through ill health.
Cllr Matt Golby, county council leader said:
“Malcolm brings a wealth of experience to the table and I’d like to welcome him on board as we face up to some very big financial challenges.
“Malcolm was briefly in the Cabinet in a commercial role and this, combined with his experience in the workplace and running his own business, will be an enormous asset to the county council.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Cllr Clarke for all of his hard work during what has been a very tough few months for us all. Michael brought a great deal of wisdom and pragmatism to the team and he will be very much missed.”
Cllr Longley is a retired chartered engineer, whose career covered the aerospace, defence and transport industries. Following his corporate career he successfully ran his own businesses.