19th June, England v South Africa, 09:30 GMT
Phillip Hodson will replace outgoing MCC President Christopher Martin-Jenkins when the latter’s one-year tenure expires on 1st October.
The Yorkshire businessman, former Cambridge University cricket blue, and MCC member since 1979, said of his appointment,
“I’m truly passionate about MCC, and it is a great honour to be President. I’m naturally very excited about the opportunity and cannot wait to get started. It is an interesting period for the Club, which will provide a good challenge, and I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the wonderful people involved with MCC.”
Hodson also paid tribute to the outgoing president saying, “Christopher was a great ambassador for the Club – his speeches were always amusing and erudite, and concealed a steely determination to ensure that MCC stayed on the right track.
"He will be sorely missed and a hard act to follow as President. I am delighted that he will resume his place on the Committee as an elected member."
In other changes at the Home of Cricket, it was announced that former England captain Mike Brearley will relinquish his position as Trustee of the Club and that Sir Tim Rice is stepping down after six years in office.
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