Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has announced the appointment of Isaac Lupari as the incoming chief secretary to government.
Mr Lupari, who has been Mr O'Neill's chief of staff, is to replace Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, who is retiring for personal and health reasons.
Mr O'Neill paid tribute to Sir Manasupe's decades-long work in PNG's public service.
He said Mr Lupari also offered strong and capable management, plus a wealth of leadership experience in PNG's public service.
Isaac Lupari was previously implicated in a 2010 Commission of Inquiry into large scale fraud at PNG's Finance Department before being deployed to Europe as PNG's ambassador to the EU.