Holden, currently chief execuitve of London and Continental Railways (LCR) was widely tipped to take up the post.
Oakervee said: "Rob HoldenвЂ™s appointment is good news for Crossrail and a further significant step for the project. Rob brings exceptional experience in delivering major projects, most recently with High Speed One. I am delighted that Rob will be at the helm as Crossrail moves into the critical construction and delivery phase of the project."
Holden said: "Crossrail is a massive project and one that brings enormous benefits for London, the South East and the whole of the UK. It will deliver fast and frequent services across the Capital, linking the important business hubs of Heathrow, the West End, City and Canary Wharf.ADVERTISEMENT
"When it opens in 2017 Crossrail will provide an additional 10% to LondonвЂ™s rail-based public transport capacity."
Other appointments include David Allen who will join as finance director from Laing O'Rourke in March. Lesley Calladine moves from Serco to take up her position as health and safety director later this month.
Meanwhile Douglas Oakervee, executive chairman, will move to a new post as non-executive chairman.
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