Save the Children International has appointed Inger Ashing as its next chief executive.
Ashing, who has stepped down from the charity’s board to take up the role, will join in September from the position of director general of the Swedish government agency the Delegation Against Segregation.
She previously worked for the Swedish government as national coordinator for youth not in education or employment, has been deputy director general of the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society and chief executive of the Global Child Forum, a Swedish-based foundation that works to improve children’s rights.
She will succeed Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former Danish prime minister, who stepped down from Save last month after three years in the role.
Ashing had been on the board of Save the Children International since 2010 and was the senior independent trustee and chair of the governance committee until she stepped down yesterday.
Robert Good, chair of Save the Children International, said Ashing had been involved with the charity for more than 25 years, having worked as a youth advocate when she was 18 years old.
"She is a respected child rights activist and has been recognised for her youth policy work in Sweden," she said.
"I believe her leadership and the experience she brings to the role will increase our impact and deliver real improvements for children."
Ashing said she was "deeply honoured" to take up the role.
"Save the Children has been at the forefront of fighting for children's rights since it was created in 1919," she said.
"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to further the ambition of Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, and to build on the exceptional work of the organisation.
"I couldn’t imagine a better cause and I look forward to meeting and working with our dedicated staff around the world to achieve better outcomes for children."
Ashing, who will work from both Sweden and Save the Children International's London base, will be paid considerably less than her predecessor.
She will receive $250,157 (£200,000), a spokeswoman said, while Thorning-Schmidt was paid just under $309,524 (£247,000) in 2018.
Save the Children International was set up in 2010 to act as the umbrella organisation for the global Save the Children movement.
It has 28 member organisations worldwide.