Greg Dyke, the chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI), is to become the chairman of the Football Association (FA).
Subject from approval from the FA Council, Dyke will succeed David Bernstein, who will step down from as chairman after two-and-a-half years in July.
A spokeswoman for the BFI stated that his involvement with the film organisation would not affected by his new role.
Dyke, who was director general of the BBC between 2000 to 2004, has a long connection with football, having been a director of Manchester United in the late 1990s. He has also chaired Brentford Football Club since 2006.
Dyke will give up his Brentford role as a result of the appointment and will resign as a non-executive director at German broadcaster ProSieben in the next few months.
“I am very excited to take on this role with the FA,” he said. “I got involved in how the game was run when I was first involved in buying sports rights as chairman of ITV Sport in the late eighties and later at the BBC.”
ITV chief executive Adam Crozier was previously the FA chief executive between 2000 and 2002.