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Premier League names banker Gary Hoffman as new chair

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Football’s English Premier League has today (Friday) confirmed Gary Hoffman as its new chair, effective from June 1.

Hoffman is currently the chairman of Monzo Bank Limited, Hastings Group Holdings and Coventry Building Society. He will leave Hastings Group before joining the Premier League, where he will take over from interim chair Claudia Arney.

Hoffman has been appointed after league shareholders voted unanimously in favour of his appointment during a special teleconference meeting.

Hoffman previously served as chairman of the Football Foundation, chairman of Visa Europe and vice-chairman of League One club Coventry City. Hoffman, who was appointed to lead Northern Rock through its government bailout, started his career at Barclays, where he went on to serve as group vice-chairman and chief executive of Barclaycard.

Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea and chairman of the Premier League Nominations Committee, said Hoffman was the outstanding candidate in an “extensive and highly competitive” search process.

Hoffman said: “Football has been central to my life as a fan, an administrator and in my business career, so it is an honour to join the Premier League as chair.

“During my time at the Football Foundation, I saw how the growth of the Premier League, to become the world’s most-watched sporting competition, helped it play an increasingly pivotal role in communities across the country.

“Now everyone in football, at home and abroad, is coming together to support one another through the Covid-19 pandemic. I am convinced this spirit of togetherness will help the game we cherish, and the Premier League, endure long into the future.”

Hoffman will work alongside Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, who was appointed in December. Masters, previously managing director, assumed the role following a drawn-out saga to secure a successor to Richard Scudamore after David Pemsel was forced to resign from the role and Susanna Dinnage and Tim Davie turned the job down.