English Partnerships’ chair Robert Napier will be the first chair of the Homes and Communities Agency when it goes live on 1 December.
Napier was chosen after a run-off against Bob Davies, former chief executive of bus company Arriva.
The HCA will be responsible for meeting the government’s 3 million homes target by 2020, as well as regenerating and improving the social housing stock.
Peter Marsh, deputy chief executive of the Housing Corporation, will become chief executive of new social housing regulator the Tenant Services Authority.
Robert Napier was made chair of EP in January 2008, having been chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund UK. Before that he spent 16 years at roof tile firm Redland.