Nicola Yates received praise for her leadership of another council
Hull City Council has appointed a new £160,000-a-year chief executive.
Nicola Yates has been acting chief executive since her predecessor Kim Ryley left in September to be chief executive at Shropshire Council.
She joined Hull in April 2008 as deputy chief executive after being chief executive of North Shropshire Council.
The Audit Commission said her "strong leadership" in Shropshire had been key to the council's improvement from a poor to a good rating.
Her appointment to the top job at Hull was confirmed at a full council meeting on Thursday.
Hull City Council leader Carl Minns said: "As deputy chief executive, and more recently as acting chief executive, she has made a valuable contribution to moving the council forward.
"I look forward to working with her to continue to improve the services we provide to people in Hull."
Ms Yates also has extensive experience in housing, waste management, environmental health, planning and customer services.
She holds an MSc qualification in housing management and has published a range of academic papers in this field, as well advising the government on housing policy.