Tony Mash, who has been British Coatings Federation chief executive officer for three years, has retired following the group's annual conference.
He is succeeded by Tom Bowtell, who was most recently the general manager and director of Proskills UK. His 19 years working for AkzoNobel in the vehicle refinish sector means he has plenty of experience in the paint industry.
Tony Mash said: "It has been a very eventful and enjoyable three years and I heartily recommend the job to future generations of CEOs."
His plans include "a portfolio of part-time consulting work in Europe and the USA, mixed with time spent on a number of hobbies including travel, music and the theatre."