Max Steinberg, chief executive of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, will replace Jim Gill at Liverpool Vision in July.
Steinberg lives in Liverpool and started his career at Liverpool City Council in 1975 before moving to the Housing Corporation where he spent 25 years. He became chief executive of Elevate East Lancashire, a housing market renewal pathfinder, in 2003. Elevate this year evolved into an economic development company with greater focus on commercial property projects.
Gill originally announced his plans to retire in 2007 but agreed to stay and help with the merger of Liverpool Land Development Company, Business Liverpool and Liverpool Vision in April 2008. An earlier recruitment campaign also failed to find a suitable replacement.
Steinberg said: "I have always been passionate about my home city and I am excited to be returning to work in Liverpool. I welcome the many and varied challenges that this new role will bring in helping take forward the remarkable progress that the city has achieved in recent years. I have very much enjoyed my seven years in Pennine Lancashire and I have relished leading a team which has laid the foundations for increased prosperity and life choices for the people who live there."
Steinberg was instrumental in forging an agreement for £200m of investment by the North West Development Agency and Homes & Communities Agency into the seven local authority areas of east Lancashire, signed in October 2009.
Steinberg, 58, is also chairman of Liverpool John Moores University European Institute of Urban Affairs. He is a board member of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, a board member of Riverside Housing Group and was a non-executive director of Kensington Regeneration from 2003-2006.