Shahabuddin Yaqub Quraishi will take over as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), following the retirement of the incumbent Navin Chawla.
The government issued the notification of his appointment on Tuesday and he will assume charge on July 30.
Quraishi, 63, the seniormost Election Commissioner in the Commission, will hold the post of its chief for a little less than two years, and is scheduled to retire in 2012.
"In pursuance of Clause 2 of Article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Shahabuddin Yaqub Quraishi as Chief Election Commissioner with effect from 30 July," said the Law Ministry notification.
A career bureaucrat, Quarashi, will preside over the three-member commission during the assembly elections in half a dozen states in 2010-11.
He has worked as the head of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and also as Secretary in the Sports Ministry, before being appointed as an Election Commissioner.
"I feel deeply honoured on being entrusted with this assignment. Election Commission of India is an institution in which the nation places a great trust," the CEC designate said.
Quraishi said it would be his endeavour to keep the commission's flag flying high.
Quraishi had steered clear of the controversy between Chawla and then CEC, N Gopalaswamy, when the latter had recommended Chawla's removal as election commissioner.