Crystal Palace Chief Executive Phil Alexander has been elected to the Board of The Football League.
Alexander, 49, joins Shaun Harvey (Leeds United) and Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough) as the Championship representatives on the Board and replaces Derby County Chief Executive Tom Glick, who is moving to a new role with Premier League Champions Manchester City.
Alexander began his career in football as a player, captaining England at Under-18 level and playing professionally with Norwich City.
This was followed by a spell in American Football as a kicker for the London Monarchs, winning the World Bowl in front of 75,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
He joined the administration side of the game with Swindon Town in 1993, during the Robins most recent spell in the top flight, before moving to Crystal Palace in 1996.
Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke said: "Phil is an excellent addition to The Football League Board, he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge about our game.
"I look forward to him making a positive contribution to our competition."
Phil Alexander added: "I am delighted at being voted to the Football League Board . It is an honour for me personally and Crystal Palace FC and I look forward to working with the Board and making a difference."
The Board of Directors of The Football League:
Greg Clarke (Chairman)
Richard Bowker (Independent)
Phil Alexander (Crystal Palace)
Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough)
Shaun Harvey (Leeds United)
John Nixon (Carlisle United)
Lorraine Rogers (Tranmere Rovers)
Tony Kleanthous (Barnet)