Haroon Lorgat, the former convenor of South African selectors, was on Friday named the new chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Lorgat, 47, will take over from the current CEO, Malcolm Speed, following the ICC Annual Conference scheduled for June 29-July 4.
Lorgat's appointment was confirmed by the ICC Board following a meeting between the candidate and David Morgan, the ICC President-Elect, in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The South African will become only the third CEO in the ICC's 99-year history. The first person to occupy the role was David Richards, who held the post from 1993 to 2001.
The former first-class cricketer for Eastern Province and Transvaal - as a left-hand batsman and right-arm medium-pacer, he scoring 2,813 runs (including three hundreds) and took 191 wickets - has served on the Board of the Western Province Cricket Association and also on finance committees for the United Cricket Board of South Africa and ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.
He has worked in senior positions in insurance and investment companies and also served as a national selector for South Africa from 2001 to 2003 and then chaired that panel from 2004 to 2007.
ICC president Ray Mali said: "I am delighted Haroon will assume the role of the next Chief Executive Officer for the ICC.
"I have worked alongside him for a decade in South African cricket and I have seen first-hand what a great team player he is and that is something that will serve both him and the game extremely well in the years to come.
"His background in cricket, business and administration is ideally suited to the role and I am sure he will do an outstanding job in leading our global game in the right direction."
Lorgat added: "I am delighted to be appointed to the role and am really excited by the opportunity to contribute my energy, skills and passion at the highest level.
"I am under no illusion about the challenges that await me but those challenges are also opportunities and I cannot wait to start work at the highest level in such a great game."