Liverpool has appointed a senior executive at global gaming firm Electronic Arts as its new chief executive.

The Anfield club announced the appointment of Peter Moore after its 3-1 league defeat at Leicester last night.

The 61-year-old is currently chief competition officer at Electronic Arts, based in the United States, and will take up his new role in June, reporting directly to the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group.

Moore has spent nearly a decade at EA, where he has also been chief operating officer and president of EA Sports.

He’s previously held senior roles with Microsoft, SEGA and Reebok, and holds a degree from Keele University in Staffordshire and a master’s degree from California State University.

He will replace Ian Ayre, who is leaving the club today, three months ahead of schedule, to become general manager at German second division club 1860 Munich.