Stefan Hofmann has been appointed the new chief executive of top-tier German soccer side Mainz 05.
The 54-year-old replaces Johannes Kaluza, who was elected as chief executive in the summer of 2017 and resigned in December.
Kaluza’s resignation followed power struggles within Mainz, which saw clashes between the club’s executives.
Hofmann secured a surprise absolute majority in the first ballot at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) with 587 of the 1167 members present voting in his favour, and will lead the club for the next three years.
Eva-Maria Federhenn, a member of the supervisory board, received 337 votes, with the former vice president of Mainz 05, Jürgen Doetz, gaining 234 and outsider Silvio Aita coming away with nine.
Rouven Schröder will act as a full-time board member for club, and Jan Lehmann will join the commercial team on 1st February.
Hofmann will step up from his position as coach and sports director of the youth development centre of Mainz 05, where he had worked from 2005.
"Negative headlines have been setting the scene for the past two years and there is a constant commotion, so it is now important that calm comes in,” said Hofmann. “Unrest in the club always has an impact on the sport. We have to get the cohesion has been lost back into the club, but we have a common identity.
“I'm a team player,” he added. “And I believe that we always need a medium and long-term view of where the club is headed, never a short-term one.”
Mainz 05 are currently 15th in the Bundesliga after winning just five of their 19 games so far in 2017/18. They secured a 3-2 victory over Stuttgart at home on Saturday, and will face second-placed Bayer Leverkusen away on 28th January.