He succeeds Imtiaz Farookhi, who left earlier this year, after 14 years in the post.
NHBC is the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes and Mr Quinton brings with him extensive experience of the insurance sector, with firms such as Prudential, Churchill, RBS and Zurich Financial Services.
Isabel Hudson, executive chairman of NHBC, will now resume her role as chairman. She said: “We are extremely pleased to have appointed Mike as the new NHBC chief executive. Homeowner protection is at the core of our work and his proven track record working with consumer-facing brands within the highly regulated insurance sector will be invaluable in helping to reinforce and strengthen our position.
“The fact that Mike’s experience is grounded in wide-ranging general management expertise makes him ideally placed to lead the NHBC business in its future development.”
Mr Quinton, who starts on 15 October, said: “NHBC’s success over very many years is based on its unique role working with the industry to continually raise standards for the benefit of consumers. As chief executive, I am committed to building on NHBC’s essential work, ensuring that we continue to make a positive impact on the quality of new homes and on the people living in them.”
In a separate move, Stewart Baseley has been appointed chairman of the NHBC standards committee, taking over from Tim Hough who died in July. As executive chairman of the House-Builders Federation, Mr Baseley has 30 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry.
Mr Baseley said: “Standards are vital to ensure we are building the best homes we possibly can and I look forward to working with the NHBC standards committee and continuing the excellent work that has gone before.”