Edmonton Oilers director of player development Scott Howson will be the next chief executive officer of the American Hockey League.
The AHL's Board of Governors unanimously elected the former Columbus Blue Jackets general manager as its incoming president and CEO, the league announced Friday.
Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson said in a statement that Howson will remain with the club in his current role through the end of April.
The 59-year-old will become the 10th AHL president since the league was formed in 1936, and he'll succeed David Andrews, who is retiring after 26 years. Andrews will continue on as chairman of the board after his tenure as president and CEO ends June 30.
Howson has served several roles in the Oilers' front office since Edmonton hired him in 2013.
He handled the Blue Jackets' GM duties for nearly six years beginning in 2007.