Trafford Healthcare trust has appointed Ron Calvert as chief executive.
Mr Calvert is currently chief operating officer at Liverpool University. He has previously held roles in the NHS, including director of operations at University Hospitals of Leicester trust and director of surgery and specialist services at University College London Hospitals trust.
The trust had previously offered the role to former Swansea trust chief executive Jane Perrin but withdrew the offer two weeks later.
Trafford Healthcare trust chair Fay Selvan said: "It has taken us a little longer than expected to find the right candidate for this key role, but we are delighted to have appointed Ron."
Mr Calvert is due to join the trust in January. Interim chief executive Steve Spoerry will remain at the trust until the end of December.