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Premier League announces new chief executive

David Pemsel has been announced as the Premier League's new chief executive.

The league said Pemsel's candidacy had been approved unanimously at a special league shareholders' meeting which took place on Wednesday.

Pemsel is currently chief executive of the Guardian Media Group and the Premier League said he will begin his new role "no later than April 2020".

Bruce Buck, the chairman of the Premier League nominations committee which conducted the recruitment process, said: "We are delighted to welcome David to the Premier League. His straightforward style and personal integrity make him an ideal person to lead the business.

"At the Guardian, he has shown strong leadership through a period of change and transformation.

"Returning the group to profit is an impressive achievement and has demonstrated that he can develop and execute a transformational plan in an ever-changing business landscape. In addition, he has worked with the big players in digital and media and has managed diverse groups and constituencies.

"We are looking forward to working with David and are sure he will be a great asset to the Premier League."

Pemsel's appointment comes after Susanna Dinnage withdrew from the position in December 2018 to remain in her role with the Discovery group of TV channels.

When Pemsel takes over he will become the permanent successor to Richard Scudamore, who first joined the Premier League as chief executive in November 1999. He served as executive chairman from June 2014 until his retirement in
November 2018.

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