Businessman Greg Clarke said his experience of helping Leicester City out of financial crisis would be invaluable to the Football League after he was confirmed as its new chairman on Friday.
The 52-year-old former chief executive of communications company Cable and Wireless and chairman of Championship club Leicester takes over from Brian Mawhinney who is standing down after seven years.
"I am honoured to be taking up the position of Chairman of The Football League. As a lifelong and committed football fan it is a privilege to serve the game in this capacity," Clarke said in a Football League statement.
"My time at Leicester City provided an insight into the challenges clubs face on a daily basis. The lessons learnt from that experience will not be forgotten."
Clarke joined the Leicester City Board in 2000 and helped them through administration in 2002.