Moores, 51, returns for his second stint as England coach – having held the post between April 2007 and January 2009 after succeeding Duncan Fletcher. Peter Moores has been head coach at Lancashire since February 2009.
Paul Downton said: "Peter has a great reputation around the world as an outstanding coach and he will return to the role as England head coach with a great deal more experience and understanding of the challenges that the role presents. There is no doubt that he is the leading English coach of his generation and I believe that this is his time.
"His domestic credentials are beyond reproach having won the County Championship at Sussex and then repeating the feat at Lancashire, whose 2011 triumph was their first for 77 years. He was also the lead at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough between 2005 and his appointment as England coach in 2007.
"In his time with England he gave Test debuts to Stuart Broad, Matt Prior and Graeme Swann as well as helping to further the international careers of players like the current England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson. He also brought Andy Flower into the England set-up as well as influential individuals like Mushtaq Ahmed as spin bowling coach.
"I was hugely impressed by his vision for the future of the England team and I am looking forward to working with him in the years to come.
"I would personally like to thank Ashley Giles for the job he did with the limited overs squads in the last 18 months. It was a really difficult decision to make as we had an outstanding field but the panel were unanimous in the choice of Peter and I know that support will be echoed around the counties.’
Peter Moores, England Head Coach, said: "I am very excited about the prospect of returning to a role I have done before and to building a strong relationship with Alastair Cook and the rest of the players and staff. In any time of change there comes opportunity and this is one I can’t wait to get stuck into."
Paul Downton was joined on the interview panel by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Head of Elite Coach Development Gordon Lord and ECB Chief Executive David Collier who said: "Paul Downton conducted a thorough and far-reaching recruitment process. He has canvassed opinion worldwide resulting in the recommendation of Peter Moores. The Board unanimously endorsed the recommendation and have every confidence in the choice of Peter. We wish Peter every success in the future.
"I would like to thank all the other candidates who made up what was an extremely impressive shortlist and in particular I would like to acknowledge the work of Ashley Giles, who has made a major contribution to cricket in England and Wales ."
Moores left the was relieved of his England duties during his first stint after a very public falling out with the very divisive England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has since been sacked by the ECB following a number of high-profile misdemeanours.
And upon hearing the news of Moores' appointment, Pietersen took to Twitter to rather sarcastically show his support for the new England head coach, saying:
"Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!" followed by a series of 'crying' emoticons.
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