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The English Football League has announced the appointment of Shaun Harvey as its new chief executive.

The English Football League has announced the appointment of Shaun Harvey as its new chief executive.

Harvey joins the League after having served as chief executive of Championship club Leeds for nine years until earlier this month. The 43-year-old was previously a member of the Football League board of directors, having been elected to the role by clubs in June 2011. Harvey will take up his new position on October 1 with chairman Greg Clarke moving from an executive to non-executive role.

Clarke said: “Shaun is widely respected across the game for his deep understanding of the football industry. During my time as chairman, he has made an important contribution to the League board. Having held senior positions at football clubs in all four divisions of English professional football, he is uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by clubs of all sizes.”

Harvey added: “As someone who has served Football League clubs for most of my working life, it is a great privilege to be appointed to this role. I have the very highest regard for the people who run our football clubs and I look forward to working with them, as well as all those with a stake in our game, to deliver a vibrant and sustainable Football League.”

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