Senior bureaucrat PD Vaghela was on Monday appointed as chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in line with a Personnel Ministry order.
Mr Vaghela, a 1986-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, is at present Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals.
He has been appointed because the TRAI chief for 3 years or until he attains the age of 65, the order stated.
Mr Vaghela was resulting from retire on Wednesday.
He will succeed RS Sharma, who completes his tenure on Wednesday.
Mr Sharma was in 2015 appointed because the TRAI chairman for 3 years. In August 2018, his time period was prolonged until September 30, 2020.