Dinnage to become first female Premier League chief executive

Dinnage to become first female Premier League chief executive

Susanna Dinnage has been confirmed as the Premier League's new chief executive, succeeding Richard Scudamore from early 2019.

'With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come'.

After enjoying the spoils of his position since 1999 - initially as chief executive and then as executive chairman - little Richard will be forced to live a life without earning £2.5 million per year including bonuses and move to a life of simplicity.

'We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption.

During his childhood he had a strong love for the sport of association football, and always harboured dreams of one day earning ludicrous amounts of money working as an administrator for the Premier League. She has been at the organisation since 2009 and previously held roles at Channel Five and MTV.

The FA would in return agree to give a governing body endorsement, usually issued for a non-EU/European Economic Area elite player to help the development of football in England, for a work permit for every foreign player who gets a contract with a Premier League club, the report said.

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'She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people.

While running Discovery's British operation past year, Dinnage threatened to remove their portfolio of channels from the Sky platform in a row over costs.

JB Perrette, President and CEO of Discovery Networks International, said: "Susanna has been a terrific leader for Discovery over the last 10 years". She has a strong understanding of brands and running diverse media businesses both in the United Kingdom and more recently with Animal Planet globally.

Premier League clubs have already agreed to split Scudamore's role and will appoint a non-executive chair in the coming months.

She narrowly missed out on landing the top job at Channel 4 previous year, and is now the global president for Animal Planet, having previously worked as president for Discovery Networks UK and Ireland. "Football is an intoxicating environment and therefore hard to give up being so involved, but my passion for what football means to so many and the positive impact it can make will never diminish".

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