Din­nage says no to Premier League

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

FOOT­BALL: Su­sanna Din­nage has abruptly pulled out of a com­mit­ment to be­come the Premier League’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The TV ex­ec­u­tive was an­nounced as the suc­ces­sor to Richard Scu­d­amore in midNovem­ber, with the plan that she would take up her new role early in 2019.

But a Premier League state­ment is­sued last night read: “De­spite her com­mit­ment to the Premier League in early Novem­ber, Su­sanna Din­nage has now ad­vised the nom­i­na­tions com­mit­tee that she will not be tak­ing up the po­si­tion of chief ex­ec­u­tive.”

Din­nage joined TV giant Dis­cov­ery in 2009, with her most re­cent role as global pres­i­dent of its An­i­mal Planet brand.

Her only pre­vi­ous in­volve­ment in sport was when she ran Dis­cov­ery’s Bri­tish and Ir­ish op­er­a­tion, which in­cluded re­spon­si­bil­ity for Eurosport.

Chelsea chair­man Bruce Buck, Burn­ley chair­man Mike Gar­lick and Le­ices­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Susan Whe­lan led the re­cruit­ment process, with Buck de­scrib­ing Din­nage as “the out­stand­ing choice” from a “very strong field” of can­di­dates.

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