Nick Pontefract has been appointed as Sport England's new chief operating officer.
The executive director of the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit at the British Government's Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) will replace Rona Chester in March.
Chester is retiring after eight years in the role.
Pontefract has been credited with securing the Government funding required for Birmingham's successful bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games through his work with the DCMS.
As head of sport at the DCMS, he also developed and delivered the Sporting Future strategy which increased the number of people engaging in sport.
He will take overall responsibility for finance, grants management, human resources and IT at Sport England, and will work closely with chief executive Jennie Price on the "detailed execution" of the organisation's strategy.
"Sport England is a fantastic organisation, with a really important job to do," said Pontefract.
"Getting more people from all backgrounds involved in sport is a big challenge but if we get it right the impact could be enormous.
"Being part of the development of Sporting Future and Towards an Active Nation has given me a passion for the positive impact that sport can bring, and so the opportunity to be involved in delivering that strategy from within Sport England is incredibly exciting.
"I can't wait to get started, and to work with the brilliant people in Sport England and across the sport and physical activity sector to make a real difference to people's lives."
Sport England says its vision is to "ensure that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability".
It falls under the umbrella of the DCMS and distributes National Lottery funding.
"I am absolutely delighted that Nick will be joining us as our new chief operating officer," said Price.
"He came through a highly competitive process with a strong field of well over 100 applicants, and brings a huge amount of relevant experience and enthusiasm, coupled with a genuine passion for tackling inactivity.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rona Chester for her service and dedication to Sport England's work.
"She leaves a strong foundation for Nick to build on as we continue to deliver on our vision of a more active nation for all."