The Premier League has appointed Susanna Dinnage to the role of Chief Executive.
Dinnage, who currently works for US media company Discovery Inc where she is the global president of the Animal Planet channel, will replace Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore, who will relinquish his duties at the end of 2018.
The Premier League clubs have already agreed to split Scudamore's role, with Dinnage becoming Chief Executive and the search for a non-executive Chair now starting.
The Premier League Nominations Committee - which is responsible for the appointment - includes Burnley FC chairman Mike Garlick.
It also comprises Bruce Buck (Chair), Susan Whelan (Leicester City FC), Claudia Arney and Kevin Beeston – both Non-Executive Directors of the Premier League.
Buck, Chairman of Chelsea FC, said: "We are very pleased to appoint such a capable leader to this important role.
"We had a very strong field but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption.
"She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights."
He added: "Richard Scudamore, having provided exceptional stewardship for almost 20 years, will leave us at the end of the year in great shape and with an excellent Executive Team and Board able to fully support Susanna."
Dinnage, commenting on her appointment, said: "I am excited at the prospect of taking on this fantastic role. The Premier League means so much to so many people.
"It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.
"With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come.’
JB Perrette, President and CEO Discovery Networks International, said: “Susanna has been a terrific leader for Discovery over the last 10 years. She has a strong understanding of brands and running diverse media businesses both in the UK and more recently with Animal Planet globally.
"She has been a fantastic teammate for all of us at Discovery and we are delighted that she has been given this unique and ground-breaking opportunity to lead one of the world’s pre-eminent sports organisations. ”