Peter Ridsdale has resigned from his post as chairman of football operations at Plymouth to take up the role of chairman at Preston.
Ridsdale worked closely with new Pilgrims owner James Brent to safely guide the Devon outfit out of administration in October and had expected to stay with Argyle for longer, but in a statement on the club's official website he said that the opportunity to return closer to home was a major factor in his decision to leave.
He said: "Working with Plymouth Argyle through the dark days of administration was the toughest challenge that I have ever had to deal with in football.
"With the unswerving loyalty of the staff, players and supporters we were able to keep the club alive and it is now firmly in the hands of the right owner and one who, in my opinion, will take the club forward and rebuild it for future success.
"Whilst my role at Argyle was always going to be a transitional one, I had expected to remain in Plymouth for a little longer. The opportunity that has arisen is one that I cannot turn down and its challenge and geography allows me to once again return to my family home.
"I would like to thank everyone at Plymouth - staff, supporters and members of the community - for the warm welcome that they gave me during my time here and wish James Brent and everyone connected with Plymouth Argyle Football Club every best wish for the future."