The chairman of Tesco, John Allan, is set to become the vice president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
The City heavyweight will bring extensive experience to the board; he is also currently the chair of Barratt Developments, London First, and is a non-executive director at Worldpay. Allan will take up his new CBI role at the beginning of October.
His appointment comes as the business organisation seeks to take a lead in the Brexit debate.
CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn joined several City voices seeking to bring industry to the forefront of the debate last week, stressing the importance of securing transitional arrangements to avoid a cliff edge scenario for British businesses.
Paul Drechsler, CBI president, said: "At this important time for the economy and the country, John Allan brings a wealth of business experience to further strengthen the CBI's board.
"John's extensive experience in the logistics, business services and retail sectors coupled with his board experience in construction and finance will provide terrific insights into consumers and the economy across all parts of the country."