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Premier League appoints Guardian CEO David Pemsel as its new boss

By Tom Walker    02 Oct 2019
Pemsel is seen as a digital specialist and has been credited with expanding the Guardian's global readership and developing it into an international media brand

The English Premier League (EPL) has appointed David Pemsel, CEO of Guardian Media Group, as its new chief executive.

His appointment was approved unanimously at a special meeting of shareholders held on 2 October 2019.

Pemsel is seen as a digital specialist and has been credited with expanding the Guardian's global readership and developing it into an international media brand.

"I'm thrilled to have been offered this incredible opportunity," Pemsel said.

"The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world and I am very excited to be a key part of that.

"As a football fan, I understand just how important the game is to supporters and our national identity and I am honoured to take the helm of such an influential and prestigious organisation.

"I have enjoyed my eight years at Guardian Media Group and want to thank everyone for their support and friendship, but now is the perfect time for me to take on the next challenge. I am really looking forward to meeting the team and working with them on the evolution of the Premier League."

The announcement ends a 15-month search for a new CEO, which was launched in June 2018, when previous CEO Richard Scudamore revealed his plans to stand down in December 2018.

In November 2018 the EPL announced that it had appointed Susanna Dinnage as its first female CEO. Within weeks, however, Dinnage pulled out of the job and told the league that she will not be taking up the position.

Bruce Buck, chair 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.

"At the same time, we would like to extend our huge appreciation to Richard Masters, who has captained the ship expertly this year as Interim Chief Executive. Richard and his team have done a great job and will continue to drive the League forward under David’s leadership."

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