Michael Lewis will assume the role in December, having most recently served as deputy executive director and chief operating officer for CDOT, where he provided policy, technical, organizational and operational direction.
He also served as director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, is a former president of the American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and is a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).
Lewis previously served as the project director of Boston’s $14bn Central Artery/Tunnel Project, more commonly known as the Big Dig.
"Mike has a reputation as a problem solver and brings an incredible transportation background to CDOT at a time when our state is faced with significant transportation challenges," Hickenlooper said. "His experience with some of the biggest projects in our state is critical as we build upon the successes of the last few years. I look forward to seeing his leadership as we embark on significant future projects."
As previously reported, Shailen Bhatt will leave his position in December to become president and chief executive officer at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Last week, CDOT reached commercial close on the Central 70 Project.
Meanwhile, the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise is seeking consultants to develop a statewide Express Lanes Master Plan.