The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has named Kevin LeGrand as president.
He will take over from incumbent Paul Couchman at the PMI's annual general meeting on 9 July 2015.
Newly-elected vice presidents Robert Branagh of Moorlands Human Capital and re-elected Gerry Degaute of Law Debenture will join him.
LeGrand recently became a freelance consultant after standing from Buck Consultants where he worked 28 years.
He was made an associate of the PMI in 1987 and a fellow in 1995.
LeGrand has been a member of the PMI's council for five years, most recently serving as vice president, and is currently chairman of its membership committee.
PMI chief executive Vince Linnane said: "Kevin's extensive experience of the technical, regulatory and legislative issues facing pensions today will be invaluable to the PMI going forward.
"I know that this will be instrumental in supporting the PMI's vision of delivering a valued and progressive professional institute. During his term of office, I look forward to working alongside him."
LeGrand added: "My goal as PMI president will be to ensure we continue to set the benchmark for best practice that employee benefits and pensions professionals and trustees aspire to."
Council elections are conducted among PMI fellows and associates.
The president and vice presidents are elected by council members in office at the time of the elections.
LeGrand will be in place for an initial one-year term and eligible to stand for re-election as president in 2016.
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