The European Table Tennis Union, the sport's continental governing body, has appointed UK official Richard Scruton as its new secretary general and executive officer following an executive board meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Scruton succeeds Jeanny Dom, who has retired after 18 years in the role.
Scruton will serve a three-year term, effective January 1, 2014, and will predominantly be based at the ETTU's headquarters in Luxembourg.
He was previously the table tennis manager at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is a board member of the English Table Tennis Association.
Scruton's appointment is the latest change at the top of the ETTU, as it continues to build bridges with the International Table Tennis Federation, the sport's world governing body.
Scruton said: "I am delighted to be taking up this role within ETTU and look forward to contributing to moving European table tennis to the forefront of our global sport. I hope my past international administrative and events experience will enable closer cooperation and good relations with the International Table Tennis Federation to be secured."
In October, the Netherlands’ Ronald Kramer was elected as president of the ETTU, replacing the long-serving Stefano Bosi, who resigned in August.
Kramer immediately vowed to "get this organisation in order," after being voted into office as part of a major overhaul of the federation's executive board.
Earlier this year, Bosi ran unsuccessfully for the ITTF presidency against the incumbent Adham Sharara in a campaign that descended into bitter recrimination between the two candidates, with Sharara threatening legal action against Bosi for “libel and defamation of character, and especially for damaging the image of the ITTF and its president.