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Tom Harrison will take over the role as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following David Collier’s decision to retire.
Harrison enjoyed a brief stint with Derbyshire in 1995 before moving into the business world where he became the ECB’s head of marketing for three years. He then worked for ESPN Star Sports in Singapore until 2011 before agreeing to become IMG’s senior vice-president.
“As a lifelong cricket fan, I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been offered this opportunity to lead the ECB as its new chief executive officer,” Harrison said. “I am a passionate supporter of the game across all formats, at all levels and I am genuinely excited by the substantial opportunities that the game has moving forward in this country.”
ECB chairman Giles Clarke revealed that Harrison had been selected since the interview panel were impressed with his “energy, passion for the game and his positive, bold, creative and ambitious vision for the future of cricket in England and Wales”.
ECB deputy chairman and chairman of the commercial committee Colin Graves added: “Tom’s commercial experience of working on some of the biggest sponsorship and broadcast deals completed in sport, means that he is exceptionally well qualified to help to drive more revenue into the whole game whilst his excellent network in Asia and at the ICC will be critically important as we look to continue to play a central role in the growth of the game internationally in the years ahead.”
Harrison is set to take up his post in mid-January.