British Taekwondo has appointed Mark Abberley as its new chief executive to replace Adrian Tranter, who resigned for personal reasons last October.
Abberley, 48, had been chief executive at England Boxing for four years until he left last September, a decision made by "mutual contest", it was claimed.
Before joining England Boxing, Abberley had spent 20 years in sports management, including as regional cluster manager in the David Lloyd Leisure Group.
Abberley had also worked in a voluntary capacity with three Olympic sports as he is chairman of Archery Great Britain's Performance Group, a non-executive director of GB Handball and an advisor to Goalball UK.
He had vacated all three roles when he joined England Boxing.
Under Abberley, England Boxing's weekly participation rose by 21 per cent, while the number of registered amateur boxing club members in England went from 16,500 in April 2011 to more than 18,000 by the time he left.
Abberley was chosen by an interview panel led by British Taekwondo's independent directors Ieda Gomes Yell and Jon Smith and its finance director Paul McKenzie.
They were joined by Mike Miller, the former chief executive of World Rugby, who is now head of the World Olympians Association.
A total of 19 candidates applied for the role, with six being interviewed.
All had previously held positions as chief executives or acting chief executives of national governing bodies or sports partnerships, British Taekwondo claimed.
Abberley is due to take up his new role on March 1.
He will take over from Tom Stammer, the acting chief executive since Tranter stepped down.
“I am very much looking forward to working with the clubs, coaches, officials, partners and all involved in the sport to continue to develop and grow taekwondo across Britain," said Abberley.