The Premier League have announced that after a comprehensive recruitment process Anthony Fry will take over as their new chairman from June 1.
Fry will replace current chairman Dave Richards after being selected by a nominations committee that was chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck with the support of Stoke City owner Peter Coates, Manchester United chief executive David Gill and Manchester City executive John Williams.
Fry’s career has mainly been in the financial sector where he has held numerous chairmanships and board positions across a range of business, public, charitable and academic bodies.
He is currently the chairman of the BBC finance committee, a position from which he will now stand down from to take up his role with the Premier League.
In a statement published on the Premier League’s website Fry said: “I have been privileged to work in some exceptional organisations across a range of interesting and diverse areas with some extremely talented people.
“I have a deep-seated and long-held passion for sport and believe the skills and attributes I have developed throughout all aspects of my career will serve both the Premier League clubs and the Executive extremely well.
“The League is one of the country’s great success stories of recent times, having overseen a period of rising playing standards, substantial investment in infrastructure and development, significant growth in attendances and viewing figures as well as the marked commercial success that has benefited the English game as a whole.
“The domestic profile and international standing of the Premier League demonstrates what a fantastic competition has developed over the past 21 seasons, driven by the investments of the clubs and the collective strength of the League.
“The Premier League and its member clubs have already achieved a great deal and are always striving to meet challenges and do better.
“That is something in which I want to play a part and I am looking forward immensely to helping the clubs and the Executive improve on what is already an incredibly successful competition and business.”
Chelsea chairman Buck described Fry as “an individual with the correct blend of experience, skills, attitude and demeanour to represent the best interests of the Premier League” when explaining the reasons for his appointment.
He went on to praise the outgoing chairman Dave Richards, saying: “I would also like to take this opportunity to place on record, on behalf of the clubs, our sincere thanks to Sir Dave Richards for his years of service to the Premier League.”