Scarlets' Wayne Pivac will succeed Warren Gatland as Wales coach, the Welsh Rugby Union announced today.
Gatland will step down after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year following a 12-year spell in charge.
Pivac will sign a four-year deal with the WRU -- officially starting from July 2019 -- after leading a shortlist that reportedly included Glasgow Warriors' Dave Rennie.
"It's a huge honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to coach Wales," Pivac said at a press conference in Cardiff.
"I want to continue the strong work done by Warren. I'd like to think I'll do everything I can to emulate some of the results they've got."
The appointment sees a return to international coaching for the New Zealander, having previously been in charge of Fiji between 2004 and 2007.
"When I first came to Wales I was totally focussed on doing a role with the Scarlets," the 55-year-old said.
"I had a taste of international rugby with Fiji and thoroughly enjoyed that. I've really enjoyed the experience both in and out of the rugby environment in Wales. For me it was a no-brainer."
"In Wayne Pivac, we have secured the best man for the job," WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said.
"We have avoided the feeding frenzy that can come at the end of a Rugby World Cup year and we have been meticulous in ensuring we have someone of the talent, experience, charisma and rugby acumen to do the very best possible job for Welsh rugby.
"The handover process is something we will plan carefully and commence in detail next summer."
Gatland will become the longest serving coach in the history of Welsh rugby when he does step down following the World Cup in Japan.
"I would like to congratulate Wayne on the appointment and the honour of being named head coach," Gatland said.
"With the announcement now public we can plan properly and ensure smooth transition to benefit the future of Welsh rugby."