ECB appoints IMG’s Tom Harrison as chief executive

The England and Wales Cricket Board has appointed Tom Harrison as its new chief executive.

Harrison, 42, joins from IMG, where he served as head of cricket and was responsible for IMG Media's business across all sports in the UK and Ireland. His time there saw him work across a range of cricket broadcast rights deals, overseeing global media sales for Cricket Australia, Cricket South Africa and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Before joining IMG, Harrison filled a range of roles at the ECB from 2003 to 2006, reaching the position of head of marketing before his departure, and spent four years with ESPN Star Sports in Singapore. He also enjoyed a brief professional cricket career, playing five first-class matches for Derbyshire in a professional career in 1995 after a two-year stint at Northamptonshire.

Harrison will remain at IMG to fulfil contractual obligations until the end of January. He replaces David Collier, who stepped down at the end of this year's English cricket season after ten years in the role. 

"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," said Harrison. "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 said Harrison had "come through a rigourous recruitment process", adding: "He was the unanimous choice of the interview panel who 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. Tom has a proven track record of success in his career to date and a wealth of relevant experience both in the UK and internationally.

"His knowledge of both the professional and recreational game as a former first class cricketer and as a Premier League club captain of Teddington CC has provided him with great insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the game domestically. Finally, it was important to the panel that we chose a leader who would inspire all those connected with the game and in Tom, we believe we have found a leader with the charisma and vision to achieve this."