Aston Villa have named German Hendrik Almstadt as their first sporting director.
The 40-year-old previously worked at Arsenal with manager Arsene Wenger on areas including scouting, contracts, data analytics and the club's academy.
Almstadt also worked with Villa chief executive Tom Fox, who last season moved to Villa Park from Arsenal.
Villa boss Tim Sherwood said: "We have a lot of work to do and Hendrik will make the job I have here easier."
Almstadt begins work at Villa on Monday and added: "It is a club with huge potential, a rich history and deep roots in Birmingham, the Midlands, and within English and European football.
"I look forward to working again with Tom Fox and to establish a close relationship with the manager, Tim Sherwood."
Sherwood, who led Villa to last season's FA Cup final, where they were beaten 4-0 by Arsenal, said on Tuesday that plans for a takeover at Villa Park had broken down.
Chairman Randy Lerner had been discussing a £150m deal with a consortium who were granted exclusivity, but that period has passed with no agreement.
Lerner put the club up for sale in May 2014.