Phillip Hodson has been appointed as the next president of Marylebone Cricket Club.
The Oval Group chief executive, who played for Cambridge University and the Yorkshire second XI, assumes office on 1st October 2011.
He also played more than 300 games for the MCC and chaired the club’s Players and Fixtures sub-committee.
Hodson's appointment was announced at yesterday’s MCC Annual General Meeting, held at Lords.
He takes over from former Times chief cricket correspondent Christopher Martin-Jenkins.
Jenkins said: “Phillip is a man greatly respected by everyone who knows him and who has worked with him at MCC, and he has already been a great servant of this club.”
"He is chairman of an insurance broking business - the Oval group - which has made no fewer than 37 acquisitions since 2005, so he combines business skill and experience with all his cricketing pedigree. It is my great pleasure to nominate him as President of MCC for 2011-12."
Hodson is only the fourth Yorkshireman to have become MCC president. Oval currently sponsors Leicestershire CCC and Durham MCC University.