The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has appointed Steve Brown as its new chief executive.
Brown will be promoted to the role from his position as chief officer for business operations at the organisation, which is the English governing body for rugby union and rugby sevens. He replaces Ian Ritchie, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
A trained accountant who previously served as group head of finance for British Energy and UK finance director for healthcare company Abbott, Brown joined the RFU as chief financial officer in 2011. He was also the managing director of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup.
"Over the last six years, Steve has shown us all exactly what he can deliver," said RFU chairman Andy Cosslett.
"He has undertaken a series of important strategic and operational roles for the RFU and I’m delighted to appoint him as CEO.
"His passion for rugby, and his commitment to rugby’s values are obvious to everyone who has worked with him, and he will lead a strong executive team who are committed to making rugby in England the best in the world.”
Brown added: "This is the job of a lifetime for me. I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to lead a sport I love, in an organisation I have been proud to work for over the last six years, and I look forward to leading the team as we work to grow the game at every level."