Andy Ambler, chief executive of Millwall FC, is set to join The Football Association in October as head of professional game relations.
The newly-created strategic role will strengthen relationships with the professional game in line with its four-year strategic vision to provide trusted regulation and efficient administration.
Reporting directly into chief executive Martin Glenn, a key component of the role will be to further develop positive engagement and collaborative working across the Premier League, English Football League and their clubs, as well as those organisations representing players, managers and supporters.
Ambler, who has spent the last nine years running the day-to-day operation at The Den, has significant football experience including three years on the board of the English Football League as well as serving on the FA Council and as chairman of the FA Cup committee.
Andy Ambler said: “I am honoured to be joining The FA and look forward to helping deliver the new four year strategic vision through positive engagement and collaboration with the football family.
“I am honoured to be joining The FA and look forward to helping deliver the new four-year strategic vision”
“I would like to thank the chairman, manager and fans of Millwall Football Club for their support, especially the staff who work tirelessly for the club. I wish them every success for the future.”
Martin Glenn said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome someone of Andy's calibre to The FA.
“We have been strengthening our relationships with the professional leagues and clubs in recent years and his arrival will help to embed a greater level of trust and co-operation with our colleagues from across the game.
“Andy is highly respected and I know he will help us to grow awareness of our work and provide invaluable insight across the business.”