Julian Payne, who has for the past few months been the BBC's acting head of communications, will report to director-general Tony Hall as he heads the review of Trust and Executive working practices announced earlier this week.
It has been established in the wake of public account committee hearings into severance payments made to senior corporation staff that raised questions about the division of responsibilities.
When the review was announced on Wednesday -following a PAC hearing on Monday - it was said the aim was to "simplify the relationship and provide better and clearer oversight of the way the licence fee is spent".
The BBC said it would be carried out "using existing resources" and would involve a comprehensive review of internal governance systems. It is designed to provide clarity about where responsibilities lie.