Ireland hooker Rory Best will take over from Johann Muller as the new captain of Ulster.
Best has played 152 times for his Province and returns to a position that he first held from 2007 to 2011.
The 31 year-old has also captained Ireland on four occasions and led out the British and Irish Lions against the Brumbies in last summer’s tour to Australia.
Best said: “It is a huge honour to captain your Province. I enjoyed doing it a few years ago but in 2011, I felt I just needed to step down and to concentrate on my game.
“We also had a ready-made captain in the squad in Johann which made it easier and he did a fantastic job.
“It is nice to have been asked to do it again. With the extra experience that I have gained at provincial and international level in recent years I believe that I am more equipped than ever before to lead this group of players.
“Being the captain of Ulster is something that I absolutely love doing and I am looking forward to the challenge of the new season.”