Premier League 'turns to new recruiters' to fill role of chief
English soccer’s Premier League is reported to have brought in new headhunters as it endeavours to fill the vacancy of chief executive left by last year’s departure of the long-serving Richard Scudamore.
Executive search firm Russell Reynolds has been brought in to replace rival Spencer Stuart, according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The league has yet to appoint a replacement for Scudamore seven months after Susanne Dinnage, the global president of media giant Discovery’s Animal Planet, went back on a decision to become the new chief.
Tim Davie also rejected the position, electing instead to stay on as chief executive of BBC Studios, the production and distribution arm of the public-service broadcaster.
Richard Masters, the Premier League managing director, has been serving as chief executive on an interim basis.
Scudamore announced a year ago that he would step down from the Premier League at the end of 2018. He had led the organisation for 19 years, initially as chief executive, before assuming the executive chairman role in 2014.
He remains involved with the league in an advisory capacity, and recently accepted a seat on the Ryder Cup Committee which is looking to boost the commercial revenues of the biennial golf contest between USA and Europe.
Another impending departure from the Premier League is Nick Noble, the head of news and corporate communications, who is taking up an international sports communications post in USA.