The announcement comes after an in-depth selection process which took over four months by the company.
Duncan, 48, has been chairman of the Media Trust since 2006, and is also a non-executive director at both HMV Group and the Oasis Trust.
Until 2009, Duncan was chief executive of Channel 4 for five years taking the channel to viewing figures equal to 12% of the market. Prior to this his experience includes being an executive board member at the BBC and being the founding chairman of Freeview.
HR Owen chairman Jon Walden commented: ‘It is a real coup for the company to attract an individual of Andy’s calibre.
‘His outstanding track record in general management, marketing and sales, together with his extensive experience of the fast-changing new technology of the internet, will be highly beneficial as we build our business for the future, and we are looking forward to working with him.’
Andy Duncan said: ‘HR Owen is an exciting business which sells even more exciting products in a challenging and dynamic industry. I am delighted to be joining as the new CEO, and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to build a strong and successful future for the company.’
Duncan begins his new role and joins the HR Owen board on October 4.
by JAMES BATCHELOR