Cancer Research UK has appointed Michelle Mitchell to replace Sir Harpal Kumar as chief executive when he stands down this summer.
Mitchell has been chief executive of the MS Society since 2013 where she has overseen the development of a £100m research fundraising appeal. Before that she was charity director general at Age UK.
She is a non-executive director of NHS England, and has been a trustee of The King’s Fund and the Power to Change Trust.
Kumar announced that he planned to stand down last autumn, having run the charity for more than ten years.
Mitchell said: “It’s a privilege to be appointed as CEO of the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Like many people, I have family who have been affected by cancer and I’m passionate about Cancer Research UK’s goal to speed up impact on survival. I have admired the work of the charity for many years, and I look forward to leading it as we embark on the next chapter of our critically important mission.”