Richard Mollet is to leave The Publishers Association after five years as chief executive.
He will take on the role of head of European government affairs at RELX Group where he will be part of the global government affairs team working across their publishing, business information and exhibitions businesses
Mollet will leave The PA in 2016.
He said: “Running The PA and being at the heart of UK publishing has been an amazing experience. The people who work in publishing are passionate, committed and above all great fun to work with and I greatly look forward to continuing to work within the sector .”
Joanna Prior, president of The PA, said: “For the last five years Richard has steered the PA brilliantly; representing our interests in Brussels and Whitehall with great skill and diplomacy, using his excellent communication skills as a really effective spokesman and advocate for our industry and developing a strong senior management team under him.”
The search for Mollet's replacement is underway, The PA said.
RELX Group is an information and analytics company and was formerly Reed Elsevier. It rebranded last year.