The legislature of Shenzhen, a boomtown in south China's Guangdong Province, elected Xu Qin as the city's new mayor Saturday, replacing the outgoing acting mayor Wang Rong.
The fifth Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress made the decision at its first meeting Saturday.
Xu Qin, 49, was previously an official with the National Development and Reform Commission and vice mayor of Shenzhen.
He has been a Standing Committee member of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee since 2008.
Xu majored in engineering and holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Xu replaces acting mayor Wang Rong, who was appointed secretary of the CPC Shenzhen Committee to replace Liu Yupu, 61.
Liu is now chairman of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress.