Jo Gordon has been appointed chief executive of the Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust, which runs the Royal and Derngate.
She will lead the theatre, as well as its sister venue the Core at Corby Cube and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse.
Gordon will replace Martin Sutherland, who left to lead the team delivering Coventry’s year as City of Culture in 2021.
Gordon has been covering the chief executive role on an interim basis since Sutherland’s departure, and will now take over the role full time.
She previously acted as director of sales and marketing for the Royal and Derngate and worked on the management restructure that led to the creation of the Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust.
Royal and Derngate chair Steve Edmonds said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, Jo’s commitment to the venues and her detailed understanding of the complex ecosystem of regional theatre really shone through, as did her proven commercial acumen and excellent leadership style.
“In the current climate, venues not only have a responsibility to be light on their feet with strategy and innovation, but to influence on a national level. We are thrilled that Jo has agreed to lead us through our next phase.”