Frank Fagan was installed Tuesday as the Queen's representative in the province, taking over for John Crosbie.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale delivered a statement welcoming Fagan.
"You are not the Queen's representative at Government House alone, but also her representative in the gardens of Glovertown, in the long shadows of Gros Morne, along the rocky shoreline of Nain and in the kitchens of Kippens," Dunderdale said.
"You are not above the people or apart from the people, but one with the people that your government serves."
Fagan is a former telecommunications executive who worked his way up the ranks to becoming the CEO of Bell Aliant before retiring in 2008.
He is also known for his work with charities such as Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador and the Health Care Foundation of St. John's.
His appointment lasts five years.