Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been elected as the new president of the FIA, succeeding Jean Todt whose 12-year reign has come to an end.
Ben Sulayem is a 14-time FIA Middle East Rally Champion, winning 61 international
events overall as a driver during a career that ran from 1983 through to 2002.
Born in the UAE, the 60-year-old has served as vice-president for sport for the Middle East for the last 13 years, during which time he has also been a member of the World Motor Sport Council.
Ben Sulayem recorded a comfortable 62% of the vote of the FIA General Assembly, the supreme decision-making arm of the governing body that comprises automobile and touring clubs and national sporting authorities that represent the 245 member organisations.
Ben Sulayem beat Graham Stoker, a barrister who has served as Todt's right-hand man as deputy president since 2009. He becomes the first non-European president of the FIA.
Todt, who succeeded Max Mosley in 2009, was unable to stand for re-election after serving the mandated three terms in office.
The former Ferrari team principal has been linked with a return to the Scuderia as a consultant.
A tweet from Ben Sulayem under his 'FIA for Members' banner read: "The votes are in and we've won!
"We are thrilled that 62% of all clubs have given us their vote. We are truly humbled. The support from you will help us build a stronger federation."
Serving as part of Ben Sulayem's administration will be Fabiana Ecclestone, wife of former F1 supremo Bernie, who will work as vice-president for sport in South America.
These are the key positions taken up on Ben Sulayem's administration:
Carmelo Sanz de Barros [president of the Senate]
Robert Reid [deputy president for sport]
Tim Shearman [deputy president for mobility]
Abdulla Al Khalifa [vice-president for sport - Middle East]
Rodrigo Ferreira Rocha [vice-president for sport - Africa]
Daniel Coen [vice-president for sport - North America]
Fabiana Ecclestone [vice-president for sport - South America]
Lung-Nien Lee [vice-president for sport - Asia-Pacific]
Anna Nordkvist - [vice-president for sport - Europe]
Manuel Aviñó [vice-president for sport - Europe]