Inglis, the retailer’s customer director, takes over from current chair Stephen Maher, the founder and chief executive of MBA, who has held the role for four years.
The Marketing Society has also named a new board line-up to support the company’s purpose of creating a vibrant, leading edge society for its 2,600 members across the world.
New members of the board include Michele Oliver, vice-president marketing at Mars, and Paul Graham, the chief marketing officer of Versace.
There are also two additions from an agency and a media owner respectively: Havas Helia chief executive Tash Whitmey and ITV’s executive vice-president/global marketing director Adrian Last.
Maher was appointed chair in 2013, following Oystercatchers founding partner Suki Thompson.
Inglis said: "These are exciting times at The Marketing Society as Gemma and her team forge ahead their global expansion and the brave agenda.
"Stephen will be a very tough act to follow, but I’m looking forward to working with the new board. I know together we can achieve great things – I can’t wait to get started."
The Marketing Society board (new members in italics):
Craig Inglis, customer director at John Lewis (chairman from January 2018)
Julian Boulding, owner at thenetworkone (treasurer)
Stephanie Brimacombe, group chief marketing officer at VCCP
Paul Graham, chief marketing officer at Versace
Dominic Grounsell, managing director at Nielson Financial Services
Adrian Last, executive vice-president/global marketing director at ITV
Michele Oliver, vice-president marketing at Mars
Nishma Robb, head of marketing at Google
Nigel Vaz, chief executive of Publicis.Sapient EMEA and APAC and global president at DigitasLBi
Tash Whitmey, chief executive at Havas Helia