Nic Coward has been formally appointed to The Football Association Board after ratification by the 20 Premier League member clubs.
Coward, who has been the Premier League’s general secretary since 2011, fills the gap left by Paul Faulkner, formerly of Aston Villa, who had himself replaced Anthony Fry.
He will serve as one of two Premier League representatives on The FA’s board of directors alongside FA Vice-Chairman David Gill, who has served the body since July 2006.
He will also be one of eight Premier League representatives on the FA Council.
The Board appointment is initially for the remainder of the current season, but Coward is eligible to be re-elected at the end of the season.
Coward previously worked for The FA, joining before EURO ’96 as its first in-house lawyer.
Over the next seven years, he held a number of positions including as acting chief executive and a Wembley Stadium director.
His wider sporting experience led him to become the first chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, before returning to football with the Premier League.