The Scottish Premier League has named Neil Doncaster as chief executive.
A number of international candidates applied for the role but the 39-year-old impressed with his wealth of experience, according to SPL chairman Lex Gold.
"We have been engaged in a detailed recruitment process for some time now. The role attracted international interest," said Gold.
"Neil was the unanimous choice of those involved in the process.
"He has had excellent experience in club football with Norwich City and with his involvement with the FA and the Football League.
"That experience will hold him in good stead to lead the SPL team and deal with the challenges that lie ahead."
Doncaster said: "I've worked in football for 15 years and I am excited about now playing a part in developing the Scottish game.
"The SPL already has excellent standing in European football but, like all football organisations, it faces many complex issues and challenges.
"I am looking forward to working hard with the board, our member clubs, our partners and the SPL staff to continue to improve our competition and push Scottish football forward."