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Greg Clarke announced as new Football League Chairman

Fri 12th Mar 2010 | Football Governance

Greg Clarke, the former Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless Communications PLC, has been appointed by the Board of The Football League to succeed Lord Mawhinney as its Chairman.


The appointment of Mr. Clarke, 52, was formally ratified at The League's Board meeting on Thursday 11th March.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and positive impact at The League during the last seven years, the Board also agreed to recommend to clubs (at their March meeting) that Lord Mawhinney is made Honorary President of The Football League.

Independent Board member Ian Ritchie who led the appointment process, said: "Greg Clarke was the clear choice of the Board to become the new Chairman of The Football League.

"Greg's business experience speaks for itself. He has led multinational companies, including Cable & Wireless, and has sat on the Board of reputed organisations such as Bupa.

"Greg will build on the substantial progress made by Lord Mawhinney, focusing on further improving League football's professionalism and business structure, as well as maintaining the momentum on good governance.

"In short, he will aim to make The League even more effective on behalf of all its clubs."

Greg Clarke said: "I am honoured to be taking up the position of Chairman of The Football League. As a lifelong and committed football fan it is a privilege to serve the game in this capacity.

"My time at Leicester City provided an insight into the challenges clubs face on a daily basis. The lessons learnt from that experience will not be forgotten.

"I look forward to joining a highly successful organisation whose clubs are at the heart of their communities. I intend to build on The League's recent successes and represent all our 72 clubs."

Greg Clarke will spend the next few weeks meeting League and club officials. His official starting date will be announced in the near future.

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