Dominic Hardy will be responsible for primary care, including the Five Year Forward View Next Steps targets, delivering the GP Forward View and public health.
His key responsibilities include expanding the GP workforce, improving primary care facilities and new technology and creating more diverse primary care teams.
Mr Hardy, who is currently director of commissioning operations in Wessex at NHS England South, will replace director of commissioning Rosamond Roughton in October when she begins a career break until January 2019.
Mr Hardy said: ‘I’m delighted to be taking on this key role and looking forward to working to ensure primary care continues to be the foundation for high quality services for patients.’
RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: ‘Ros has been a sound, critical friend of the college during her time at NHS England – challenging but supportive, and always a champion of the vital role played by general practitioners in the modern NHS. I have admired her efficiency and her ability to get things done.
‘I’d personally like to thank her for her support, particularly in developing and launching the GP Forward View and monitoring its progress. All of us at the college wish Ros all the best for the future, and we look forward to working with her successor Dominic in ensuring that the GP Forward View is delivered in full.’
NHS England national director of operations and information Matthew Swindells said: ‘I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dominic Hardy to this role. Dominic has a proven track record of managing complex projects and partnership working that will take forward our plans to ensure that primary care remains the cornerstone of the NHS, attracts high quality staff whilst being able to respond to the changing demands of patients and communities.’
He added: ‘Under Ros Roughton's stewardship we have taken made significant strides including in launching the GP Forward View and overseeing additional investment into primary care. I am grateful to Ros for her work and look forward to seeing her back in NHS England in the future.’