David Pemsel, the Guardian’s chief executive since 2015, will be taking the helm at the Premier League early next year. The appointment comes after a long search following the departure of Richard Scudamore at the end of 2018.
The announcement was made after a vote by the 20 member clubs of the League on Wednesday.
As the new chief executive for the organisation, Pemsel will be charge of managing the relationship between the top Premier League clubs and their smaller rivals and one his first duties will be to complete the multi-billion pound TV deal that Scudamore put in place.
Chairman of Chelsea Bruce Buck said of Pemsel: “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.”
Pemsel also commented: “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.”