Marco Polo Del Nero has been elected as the next president of the CBF, the Brazilian soccer confederation, and will take office in April 2015.
Del Nero, the current CBF vice-president and the head of top-flight Brazilian club Figueirense, will succeed incumbent Jose Maria Marin after being voted in unopposed on Thursday.
Marin has headed up Brazilian soccer since the resignation in 2012 of Ricardo Teixeira amid allegations of corruption.
At the same time, Del Nero succeeded Teixeira as a member of the Fifa executive committee, and he is also member of the executive committee of South America’s Conmebol.
Soccer in Brazil is under the microscope ahead of the World Cup, which takes place in the country from 12 June to 13 July, with concerns over the administration of the sport, given that three stadia have still to be completed and there are doubts over the future viability of some of the new venues.
However, Del Nero described Marin’s leadership as "exemplary" and is promising continuity.
He said: "My administration will follow the same line as now and there will be few changes."
Del Nero continued: "Of course, there are aspects that need to be improved and for which we will seek and accept suggestions throughout the sporting world."
The CBF has decided to name its new headquarters in Rio de Janeiro after Marin and it will be inaugurated on 4 June, eight days before Brazil kick off the World Cup against Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, one of the venues which has still to be finished.Sportcal