The man behind the Trinity Leeds shopping centre is to become president of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce.
Gerald Jennings, the portfolio director for North and Scotland at Land Securities, will succeed Nigel Foster in the role in 2015.
Mr Jennings is a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Group for the city and became vice president on October 3.
Mr Foster said: “I am delighted that Gerald has agreed to become the next Leeds Chamber President.
“With his excellent network of contacts, business acumen and passion for Leeds I believe he has all the experience to be president and will provide businesses with strong representation on matters of relevance to members.”
Mr Jennings, who is credited with masterminding the highly successful Trinity Leeds retail development, said the Chamber continues to be important in bringing businesses together “for mutual benefit”, which will be crucial ahead of May’s general election.
He said: “As we approach an election year, politicians of all persuasions have been courting the big cities with offers of devolved powers and funding.
“I see the Chamber playing a leading role in articulating the business voice in Leeds and setting out our demands of whichever government holds the reins in May 2015 and beyond.”
Leeds Chamber of Commerce is part of the North and West Yorkshire Chamber, which covers Leeds, Bradford, York and North Yorkshire.