Susanna Dinnage, currently the global president of Animal Planet, has been appointed to the role of chief executive for the Premier League.
Dinnage will begin her role early in 2019 at a date to be agreed with current employer Discovery Inc. Richard Scudamore, the current Premier League executive chairman, will exit his duties at the end of 2018. The search for a non-executive chair is underway.
As global president of Animal Planet, Dinnage has been responsible for accelerating the growth of the network across all screens. She manages a global team based in the U.S. and London. Dinnage was previously president of Discovery Networks U.K. and Ireland and chief content officer for international. Prior to joining Discovery in January 2009, Dinnage held a series of senior roles spanning over ten years at Channel 5.
Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea and the Premier League’s Nominations Committee, said: “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.”
Dinnage commented: “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 organization 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.
JB Perrette, president and CEO Discovery Networks International, said: “Susanna has been a terrific leader for Discovery over the last 10 years. She has a strong understanding of brands and running diverse media businesses both in the U.K. and more recently with Animal Planet globally. She has been a fantastic teammate for all of us at Discovery and we are delighted that she has been given this unique and ground-breaking opportunity to lead one of the world’s pre-eminent sports organizations.”