Perry will be leaving the association to take on the role of trading director at wholesaler Dawson News, with responsibility for sales and marketing.
Chambers is currently general sales manager for newspapers at Menzies Distribution.
He has 30 years of industry experience, having previously held senior roles with Comag, WHSmith News and The Telegraph.
The Association of News
Retailing hopes that Chambers will be open to discussion on issues such as rising carriage charges, falling newspaper margins and supply shortcomings.