Television executive Susanna Dinnage has been named as the successor to Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, who will leave the role after nearly 20 years.

The appointment means that Dinnage will become one of the most powerful females in the world of sport, she will take up the role at the start of 2019, departing her current role as the global president of Animal Planet, part of the Discovery group of TV channels.

Speaking about her new role, Dinnage stated: “I am excited at the prospect of taking on this fantastic role. The Premier League means so much to so many people.It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.

“With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the league for many years to come.”

Bruce Buck, Chelsea’s chairman and chair of the Premier League’s nominations committee also commented on the appointment: “We are very pleased to appoint such a capable leader to this important role.

“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.

“She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.

“Richard Scudamore, having provided exceptional stewardship for almost 20 years, will leave us at the end of the year in great shape and with an excellent executive team and board able to fully support Susanna.”

Despite having no experience within the football industry, Dinnage began her career at MTV before enjoying 10 years at Channel 5.

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