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Richard Scudamore

Former Executive Chairman

Premier League

London, UK

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Richard Scudamore’s Biography

Richard Scudamore CBE is one of the most influential figures within English football. He is considered the driving force behind the transformation of the Premier League into the world’s most-watched annual competition.

Richard began his career at Yellow Pages then moved to information conglomerate, Thomson, heading up the UK's Group Sales and Marketing division. Richard served as Managing Director of The Scotsman and later relocated to the US, continuing his work for Thomson. Whilst in the role of Senior Vice President, he oversaw all newspaper operations in Eastern and Southern USA.

The next step in Richard’s career saw him appointed Chief Executive of the Football League, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business, including broadcast and commercial rights sales for the Football League pyramid and the Football League Cup. His success led to an approach by English football’s top division, the Premier League. Richard was installed as Chief Executive and went on to enjoy an integral twenty year association. Scudamore’s stewardship guided the Premier League to a new level, accruing broadcasting and sponsorship contracts worth in excess of £3.3 billion per season.

Responsible for all aspects of Premier League operations, he spearheaded multiple initiatives to improve club sustainability. Scudamore also played a pivotal part in the founding of the Football Foundation, an organisation that has contributed over £1.7 billion into community football through 18,000 projects. Richard also worked with clubs to create solidarity and charitable programmes, resulting in financial contributions of over £450 million per annum to organisations outside of the Premier League.

Since retiring, Scudamore's wealth of knowledge and experience has been in high demand and he has taken up advisory roles for Major League Baseball, the A-League and the Ryder Cup.

He was awarded a CBE for services to football in HM The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019.

Richard’s Newsfeed

Associated Press
Richard Scudamore Joins Monterosa Board

Monterosa, the company behind the leading Real-time Engagement Platform (RTEP), Monterosa / Interaction Cloud, announces former Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore as a non-executive director, as the business scales its media and sport offering globally. 

Sky News
Former Premier League chief Scudamore joins Six Nations backer CVC's team

Richard Scudamore, the former Premier League chief, has joined forces with one of the world's leading private equity investors in elite sport as pandemic-induced pressure grows on the finances of team-owners and governing bodies around the world.

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Richard’s Background

Premier League
Former Executive Chairman
1999 - 2018
London, UK
The Premier League is the top division within English league football. The competition was established in 1992 and consists of 20 clubs. The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world and fixtures are contested between August and May. Richard was appointed as Chief Executive in 1999 and then served as Executive Chairman from 2014 until his retirement at the end of 2018.
English Football League
Chief Executive
1997 - 1999
London, UK
Established in 1888, the English Football League is the world's oldest football competition. Comprising of clubs from England and Wales, the pyramid features the three divisions directly below the Premier League. Its governing body goes by the same title and also operates two knock-out competions, the EFL Cup and EFL Trophy.
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Current Board Positions

Premier League
Dec 2018 - Present
London, UK
The Premier League retained Richard's services as a consultant to the current management team.
Ryder Cup
Advisory Board
Jun 2019 - Present
Wentworth, UK
Established in 1927, the Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The event is named after English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy. The tournament takes place in both Europe and North America on an alternating basis.
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Previous Board Positions

Sports Business Council
Oct 2015 - Jan 2019
London, UK
The Sports Business Council acts as a forum for the sport and physical activity sector, working alongside the goverment to ensure its growth. Members of the council originate from several leading public and private sector organisations working within the sporting industry.
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World Leagues Forum
Nov 2016 - Dec 2018
Zürich, CH
Formed in 2016, The World Leagues Forum is an organisation that represents professional association football leagues. Currently including 41 members from four of FIFA's five contintental confederations, the body focuses on matters including football governance, the integrity of the game and the rules of the game.
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Leaders Podcast
In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Jimmy Worrall, Richard discusses his career and background as he reflects on his time at the helm of the Premier League, the most watched sports league in the world.
CBI | Premier League
Apr 2015
In an interview with CBI, Richard explains that Premier League clubs are rooted in their communities as he discusses the league's Enterprise Challenge.

Awards & Endorsements

New Year Honours
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Jan 2019
London, UK
Richard was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to football.
Football Business Awards
Outstanding Contribution to Football
Nov 2013
London, UK
Richard was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Football award in November 2013 at the Football Business Awards.

Charitable Interests

British Polio Fellowship
Watford, UK
Founded in 1939, The British Polio Fellowship supports people in the UK living with the late effects of polio and post-polio syndrome (PPS). The charity provides information, welfare and support, whilst also campaigning to raise awareness of PPS. Aiming to eradicate the disease worldwide, the fellowship has members across the nation with over 50 UK branches.
Sue Ryder
London, UK
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times in life, be that a terminal illness, loss of a loved one or a neurological condition. Founded in 1953 by World War II Special Operations Executive volunteer, Sue Ryder, the charity provides 2.2 million hours of care to thousands of people every year.
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