FA vice-chairman and Manchester United chief executive David Gill has been formally elected to the UEFA executive committee.
Gill, 55, was elected unopposed for one of eight available seats and was given a four-year term at the UEFA congress on Friday.
He said: "It is a great honour to join the UEFA Executive Committee and receive the support of colleagues from across European football. I believe my experience at the FA and with Manchester United means I can add real value to the running of the game on behalf of all of UEFA's members.
"I have very much enjoyed taking the time to visit many federations in recent months, meeting with colleagues and understanding their issues and now I am looking forward to getting started and making a positive contribution."
United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward told the club's official website: "I'm delighted David has secured a place on UEFA's Executive Committee.
"He will make an excellent contribution to the shape and running of European football."
They also confirmed that although Gill will step down as the United's chief executive on June 30 after a decade of service he will remain on the club board as a director.