Warwickshire have announced that opening batsman Ian Westwood will replace Darren Maddy as club captain for the 2009 season.
Maddy, who spent two-years in charge of the Bears since joining the club from Leicestershire, has decided to step down from the position.
Speaking to the club's official website, Maddy said: "I have really enjoyed my two years as club captain and feel I have taken the team as far as I can.
"I feel that I am leaving the team and the club in a stronger position than when I took over.
"It has been a fantastic to lead such a big club but all good things have to come to an end and I believe now is an appropriate time to hand over the reins.
"I know Ian is keen to maintain the good progress that the team has shown in the last 12 months."
Commenting on his appointment, Westwood said: "It is a great honour to be given this opportunity and I am thoroughly excited about the prospect.
"I had a taste of the captaincy when Darren was injured last year and am delighted to have been asked to take the role on full-time.
"Under Darren the team has made real strides and it is a great time to be taking over. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and leading the Bears to further success."
Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles thanked Maddy for his efforts and admits he is excited about the future under Westwood's leadership.
"I have to start by thanking Darren for his efforts in leading the team over the last two years," said Giles.
"He has been and will remain a hugely important player in the future of Warwickshire cricket.
"For Ian it is an exciting time and a challenging role but he has already shown the capabilities to lead the team into a new and successful era."