Oxfam has appointed Mark Goldring, head of the learning disability charity Mencap, as its new chief executive. He will take over in April from Dame Barbara Stocking, who will stand down next month after 12 years in the role.
Goldring, 55, said he was "excited and humbled" to be returning to the international aid charity, having previously worked for it as country director for Bangladesh in the early 1990s.
He went on to become chief executive of VSO, and had roles in international development with the UN and the Department for International Development before joining Mencap in 2008.
"I have loved my work with Mencap and would have left it now for no other job," he said. "But to lead Oxfam is an honour and an opportunity too important to resist. My commitment is to build on all that is strong in Oxfam and to support the development of the organisation and its work to make an even greater impact on poverty and injustice."
Oxfam had an income of £385m in 2011/12 and has 2,245 staff in the UK.
Karen Brown, chair of Oxfam, said the charity was attracted to Goldring’s leadership and management experience. "We recognised him as a practical visionary – the personification of Oxfam – with the ability to reach for the huge changes needed to tackle issues of global poverty, while ensuring effective, practical solutions," she said. "We are very excited that he is joining Oxfam."