Sir Terry Morgan CBE has been appointed chairman of HS2 Ltd by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.
The Crossrail chairman replaces Sir David Higgins on August 1.
Morgan has been Crossrail chairman since 2009, and was formerly Tube Lines chief executive. He will continue his Crossrail role.
Grayling said: “His wealth of experience and expertise, demonstrated in numerous leading roles including overseeing the ambitious Crossrail project, as well as his respected reputation and enthusiasm, will be invaluable in the project’s continued success.”
Morgan said: “HS2 will be a driving force behind greater prosperity and productivity across the country, unlocking opportunities for growth and regeneration and building a transport network fit for the future. I look forward to meeting the team and beginning the vital work of taking this magnificent project from strength to strength.”
Higgins said: “During the past four years local authorities and business leaders in the Midlands and the North have not only recognised HS2’s potential to re-balance the national economy, but have also made it an integral part of their plans for the future.”
HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston said: “In our short history we have contracted over 2,300 small, medium and large firms across the country and that process is only going to keep picking up pace in the next few years. As we continue to evolve as an organisation to meet that challenge, the guidance and direction that Terry will bring to his role will be vital.
“We will shortly also announce the appointment of a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer - further signs of HS2 getting ready for the challenge ahead.”