Burnley BC chief executive Steve Rumbelow is off to the top post at Rochdale MBC.
Mr Rumbelow has been chief executive at Burnley July 2006 and before that was a strategic director for Manchester City Council, responsible for housing strategy and regeneration.
Rochdale has been without a permanent chief executive since Jim Taylor left in April to become council director at Salford City Council.
A statement from leader Richard Farnell (Lab) described Mr Rumbelow’s appointment as “a major coup for Rochdale”.
Cllr Farnell added: “He is one of the country’s most successful and dynamic chief executives.
“Rochdale’s priority is bringing new businesses and jobs to the borough and Steve is recognised as one of the most experienced regeneration experts in the region.
Burnley leader Mark Townsend (Lab) paid tribute to Mr Rumbelow’s “major contribution to developing Burnley’s economy”, and said the council would now recruit a successor.
Mr Rumbelow said in a statement: “I’m very much looking forward to working in Rochdale.
“Of course, I’ve been looking hard at the current challenges and issues ahead for the council and all our partner organisations. But what I’ve really been struck by is the commitment of councillors, officers and people right across the borough to do the best for residents, and develop new opportunities and prospects.”