Belgian Chris Dercon has been appointed head of London's Tate Modern art gallery, replacing Vincente Todoli who has held the post for seven years.
The 52-year-old, who has run Munich's Haus der Kunst since 2003, said the job is "an incredibly inspiring challenge".
Dercon, who has held numerous art directorships over 20 years, added he was "thrilled" to become part of the team behind the successful museum.
He is due to take up his post in the spring of next year.
Tate director Nicholas Serota said: "Chris Dercon has made some outstanding exhibitions in Munich and has demonstrated a commitment to showing art from across the world.
"We are delighted that he has agreed to lead the team that is taking Tate Modern into its second decade."
Dercon worked during the 1980s as a freelance arts and culture journalist.
In his career as an arts director, he has curated a number of major exhibitions, including one by Turner Prize-winner Anish Kapoor.