Richard Elstone has been confirmed as Everton's chief executive.
Elstone's performance during what he called ''challenging times'' has convinced owner and chairman Bill Kenwright that he is the man for the job on a permanent basis.
The 44-year-old was appointed acting chief executive when Keith Wyness left last July and he has had to handle the complicated public enquiry over the club's plans for a new stadium in Kirkby.
Elstone, who joined Everton in 2005 as deputy chief executive, has also been involved in the search to find a new owner to take over from Kenwright.
''Robert has a first-class team around him and I believe our great club to be in safe and accomplished hands,'' Kenwright said.
Elstone said: ''This is a great honour for me. I enjoy a tremendous working relationship with the chairman and the board of directors and I thank them for placing their trust in me
''This is a big job - one of the biggest in world football - but I can promise all Evertonians that I will work tirelessly for the cause.
''What I shall seek to do is grow the club, build the fan-base and also build loyalty to allow us to compete at the very highest level.''