Distinguished writer and broadcaster Rosie Millard has been appointed to lead Hull's UK City of Culture team for 2017.
Ms Millard, who has maintained a close link with the city since graduating from the University of Hull in 1987, will now take on the role of Chair of the culture company.
Today's announcement by Hull City Council follows a nationwide search to fill the role.
Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady said:
"I would like to offer a very warm welcome and my congratulations to Rosie as she prepares to lead the team that will deliver Hull's vision for UK City of Culture 2017.
"Her outstanding track record working in the media, culture and the arts, together with her passion for the city, means she is ideally placed to help Hull take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that City of Culture status brings."
Ms Millard said:
"I arrived in Hull to study at the University over 30 years ago and in my heart, I have never left. It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to return to play a part in its renaissance.
"Hull now has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use culture and the arts to transform perceptions of the city and to change the lives of local people. As Chair of the culture company, I want to help Hull grasp this moment."
The secrets behind Hull's successful UK City of Culture bid are being revealed to the public today at Hull University.
The team responsible for the bid will describe how the idea of "Hullness" and the strong public support for the bid were key factors in their victory.
They now want to show people how the CIty of Culture will be funded, how they can volunteer - and why elephants will once again be seen walking the streets of Hull.
Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 said: “The strength of support that local people and business partners have given to our City of Culture bid has been fantastic.
“We have a lot to look forward to as we build on and develop Hull’s cultural offerings in the run-up to 2017. At these events, people can find out exactly how we won, what we are doing to deliver the title and what it will mean to them.”
Transport Ministers have agreed to a request from Hull North MP Diana Johnson to meet a delegation from Hull to discuss rail electrification on the Selby to Hull stretch of line.
At the moment the Government is planning to submit the Hull rail electrification scheme to a Whitehall taskforce but it is not anticipated to get underway until at least 2019.
But since Hull won the contest to become 2017 City of Culture, city leaders believe there is new impetus to see whether rail electrification works can proceed in time for 2017, along with road improvement works on the A63 through Hull.