The Premier League has appointed television executive Susanna Dinnage to take over from Richard Scudamore as its new boss.

Currently global president of Discovery's Animal Planet brand, Dinnage will start at the Premier League early in the new year.

She joined Discovery in 2009 and previously ran its British and Irish operation, which included responsibility for Eurosport. 

Scudamore has run English football's top flight since 1999 but announced his intention to step down as its executive chairman earlier this year.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Burnley chairman Mike Garlick and Leicester chief executive Susan Whelan led the recruitment process to find the new chief executive and they will now begin looking for a non-executive chairman, as the roles are being split again.

In a statement, Dinnage said: "I am excited at the prospect of taking on this fantastic role. The Premier League means so much to so many people.

"It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege. With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come."