Sports Direct, which has been blighted by uproar over its working conditions, has elected an employee to attend board meetings.
The appointment of 30-year-old Alex Balacki, as the company's employee representative follows a tumultuous 2016 for the retailer which included its billionaire chief executive, Mike Ashley, being hauled before MPs to be grilled over "Victorian" working conditions.
The firm's warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, came under fierce criticism and the company hosted a farcical "open day" at its headquarters.
Chief executive Dave Forsey then quit the group, only to be replaced by Mr Ashley.
Mr Balacki is a Barnstaple store manager who has been with the company for 13 years. He will begin his 12-month role as an employee representative later this spring.
In a letter to staff, Mr Ashley said:
Mr Balacki said he was "very proud" to have been picked by staff ahead of two rival candidates. He said: