EXPERIENCED AFL administrator Tim Silvers has been appointed as Adelaide's new chief executive.

Silvers joins the Crows from Hawthorn, where he has spent the past 17 years in a variety of roles including, most recently, as chief operating officer.

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Silvers, who replaces Andrew Fagan who resigned as Adelaide's CEO in late January, is expected to start at the Crows within weeks.

Adelaide CEO Andrew Fagan. Picture: AFL Photos

"I understand what it means to be part of a successful culture both on and off the field," Silvers said in a statement on Wednesday.

"And together with the board, management, staff, coaches and players, I am determined to make this club the best it can possibly be."

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Adelaide chairman John Olsen described Silvers as the ideal administrator for the South Australian club.

"Having been part of a successful era at Hawthorn, Tim has an intimate working knowledge of what it takes to deliver sustained success at the elite level," Olsen said in a statement.

"We conducted a thorough and rigorous process and the feedback was unanimous: he is a passionate, driven and authentic values-based leader who has a great understanding of the football landscape.

"He also has a proven track record of delivering strong financial and commercial results."