European soccer’s governing body Uefa has appointed Phil Townsend as its new managing director of communications.
The 48-year-old will join the organisation in June having spent the past 14 years at English Premier League giants Manchester United, where he was director of communications.
He succeeds Pedro Pinto, who is leaving Uefa to return to his native Portugal.
“I have always had the highest regard for Uefa and its work in the development of the game across Europe,” Townsend said in a statement.
“It is a great honour to have been asked to take on this role. It was a difficult decision to leave United after so many years working alongside so many good people in a club with such huge global significance in the game but this is a wonderful opportunity at a very important time for European football."
Confirmation of Townsend's appointment came during the 42nd Ordinary Uefa Congress, which took place on Monday in Bratislava, Slovakia.