Jo Hill, currently director of market intelligence, data and analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will take on a new role at The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in November.
As executive director of strategy and risk, Ms Hill (pictured) will be responsible for implementing the pensions watchdog's new regulatory approach, which has pledged to be ‘clearer, quicker and tougher’.
This will include TPR’s plan for more proactive oversight of some the highest risk schemes across defined benefit (DB), defined contribution (DC) and public service.
Ms Hill will also introduce a better use of data to scan the market for emerging risks and plan accordingly, the regulator said.
Ms Hill has a background in supervision, enforcement, insight and analysis at the FCA, and formerly the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Mark Boyle, TPR’s chairman, said: "I’m confident Jo will ensure our clearer, quicker and tougher strategy continues to have an impact.
"The effective use of data in the early detection and mitigation of risks is crucial and through her wealth of experience and knowledge in this area, Jo will help maximise our effectiveness as we strive to make workplace pensions work for savers."
Ms Hill added: "I’m delighted to be taking on the role at such an important and exciting time for pensions regulation.
"Good pension provision is fundamental for a good quality of life in retirement and I’m looking forward to continuing to shape TPR’s strategy and approach."
The Department for Work and Pensions launched a consultation about the watchdog’s new powers in June.
Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, wants the regulators to be "more proactive, punish wrongdoing and get involved earlier when employers make changes which could affect their pension schemes".
The government is currently considering the responses, with a view to publishing its conclusions towards the end of this year.