Premier League appoints interim CEO on permanent basis

13 Dec 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The Premier League has confirmed that Richard Masters, who has served as the organisation’s interim CEO since Richard Scudamore stepped down, has been given the role on a permanent basis.

At a special meeting, the 20 clubs backed Masters for the permanent job, after David Pemsel stood down from the post before taking up the role, and after Susanna Dinnage and Tim Davie both previously turned it down.

Masters joined the organisation as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2006 and was promoted to MD in July 2015 before taking up the interim CEO role.

The league says its Premier League Nominations Committee will now look to appoint a Non-Executive Chair in the new year.

Bruce Buck, Chairman of Chelsea Football Club and Chairman of the Premier League Nominations Committee, said: "Richard took on the role of interim Chief Executive a year ago. Since then, the clubs have seen Richard rise to the occasion, dealing with our various stakeholders and partners with aplomb and skill.

"As interim Chief Executive, he has faced challenges head-on and has proved himself. The clubs believe that this is the right appointment now in the long-term interests of the Premier League."

Masters said: "I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the Premier League in what will be one of the most exciting stages of its development.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the clubs and our partners and other stakeholders over the past year. This is one of the most incredible jobs in the world of sport and I now look forward to leading the League in the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead."

Prior to joining the Premier League, Masters was Commercial Director at the EFL and before that he worked for the ECB.