FORMER North West Development Agency boss Steven Broomhead is to return to Warrington Borough Council - as interim chief executive.
Mr Broomhead, non-executive chairman of Warrington Wolves RL club and a former chief executive at the council, will take the reins when current postholder Diana Terris leaves in early July.
He has been appointed for a six month period from June 26 - subject to approval at the full council meeting the previous day.
The appointment follows a unanimous cross-party decision by the chief officer employment committee.
Leader of the council Terry O'Neill said: "We are pleased that Steven has accepted our offer. He will play a critical role over the next six months in helping to reshape the council in the light of huge financial pressures.
" Steven has an outstanding track record and shares our vision for putting the people of Warrington first so I have every confidence his considerable experience will stand him in good stead for this role."
Mr Broomhead will work a four day week on a salary of about £120,000 pro rata,  subject to negotiation, which represents a significant reduction on the current chief executive's salary.
Professor Steven Broomhead holds the chair of Entrepreneurial Education at Liverpool Hope University. He is also the chief director of Institutional Advancement at the university.
As chief executive of the NWDA, he was responsible for a budget of £1.2bn, assets of around £200m, 480 staff and an extensive remit encompassing the economic, social and regeneration development of the region. He stood down at the end of January last year on an early retirement basis.  
Prior to being chief executive at Warrington Borough Council he was principal and chief executive of Warrington Collegiate and before that, principal of a number of other higher and further education establishments.