The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed New Zealand's Alan Isaac as its vice-president.
Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC), whose turn it was to put forward a candidate for the post, opted for Isaac after their original nomination, former Australia Prime Minister John Howard, failed to get sufficient backing from the ICC board.
Sir John Anderson, the man Howard beat for the original nomination and Isaac's predecessor as NZC chairman, then ruled himself out.
Isaac, an experienced cricket administrator and former captain of Wellington's 2nd XI, has been the NZC chairman since 2008.
An accountant by profession, Isaac is also an ICC director.
He is now set to hold the vice-presidency from 2010-12 before ascending to the presidency of ICC, cricket's global governing body, in two years' time.