Manchester City are welcoming Derby County chief executive Tom Glick as their new chief commercial and operating officer.
Mr Glick will take up the position at Eastlands in August with the aim of helping the club 'rapidly realise its ever-increasing commercial opportunities'.
He has over two decades of experience working in minor league baseball and the NBA in his native America before joining Derby in 2008, who have seen something of a revival under his stewardship.
Mr Glick said: "[City] have done amazing things this year, and over the last three years, and I am confident they will continue to do great things.
"It's a privilege to have the chance to be a part of that."
His appointment is a signal of intent from City’s owners, who poached Glick from the Rams to fill the void left by the departure of former chief executive Garry Cook.
Cook was forced to resign last September after claims that he sent misjudged emails about the cancer-stricken mother and agent of City’s then defender Nedum Onuoha.
City’s interim chief executive John Macbeath said: “It is important that we recognise that we must now further evolve in order that we can continue to create and capture potential opportunities for the club.
“To do that we need the very best people and the board believes that Tom is the ideal person for this role.”
Mr Glick has been brought into the Blue’s fold to help offset their astronomical wage bill and keep them in line with Financial Fair Play regulations, and he will know City must capitalise financially on their recent successes and raise their commercial income.
Alan Switzer, director in the sports business group at Deloitte, claimed that City, along with Chelsea, would have the most difficulty in conforming to FFP rules.
He said: “Chelsea and Manchester City are the clubs which have recorded the biggest losses so they are the two which have the most to do, and to be fair to them they have been pretty public about needing to take action.”