Ralph Topping's successor
Murdoch MacLennan appointed SPFL chairman
One of the UK’s most senior media figures, Murdoch MacLennan, has been appointed independent non-executive chairman of the Scottish Professional Football League.
Mr MacLennan, from Glasgow, was the SPFL board’s unanimous choice and will replace Ralph Topping, who leaves his post on 1 August after nearly eight years in the role.
Currently deputy chairman of Telegraph Media Group, having stood down as chief executive last month, 68-year-old Mr MacLennan is also chairman of the Press Association, an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School and for the last eight years has been the Chancellor’s Assessor at the Court of the University of Glasgow.
“I am thrilled to have been selected to be the next chairman of the Scottish Professional Football League, and to build on the achievements of Ralph Topping,” he said. “I am so proud to be a part of its future.”
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster is confident the new man can help the Scottish game reach the next level.
He said: “Murdoch brings with him a wealth of top-level business and media experience and has been at the cutting edge of the digital revolution as chief executive officer and now deputy chairman of the Telegraph Media Group.
“He demonstrated a real passion for the role and a clear insight into the opportunities and challenges we will face in the years ahead.
“There was very strong interest in the role from a host of highly-qualified candidates but Murdoch was the board’s unanimous choice and we look forward to working with him as we continue to drive the game to even greater success in Scotland.”
Outgoing chairman Mr Topping said: “I’ve greatly enjoyed my time in Scottish football and it was an honour to be chairman of the SPL and SPFL, especially during a period of substantial change and challenge.
“After advising the SPFL board in January that developing business commitments meant that I had decided to leave, I am delighted that my final act as chairman is to have secured the appointment of Murdoch as the new chairman.”