London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - The ATP World Tour announced the appointment of Chris Kermode as its new executive chairman and president.
Kermode will begin a three-year term at the helm of the ATP starting January 1.
The 48-year-old British native has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a player, and then most recently serving as tournament director of the Aegon Championships at London's Queen's Club, as well as managing director of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
"It's a huge honor to have been given the opportunity to lead the ATP during what is unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of men's professional tennis," said Kermode. "I look forward to getting started in my new role, and to working very hard together with ATP staff, players, tournaments and partners as we look to harness the full potential of our great sport in years to come."
Swiss great Roger Federer, who is president of the ATP Player Council, said, "On behalf of the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP executive chairman and president. Chris has a lot of experience having worked in a number of different capacities in tennis over the years and he has all the attributes required to lead the ATP World Tour forward during this period of unprecedented popularity and success."
Following his career as a professional player, Kermode worked as one of London's top tennis coaches. He went on to work in both the film and music industries, starting his own promotion and events company, before returning to tennis. Kermode has served as managing director of the ATP World Tour Finals since 2008.
Kermode replaces Brad Drewett, who died in May after battling Motor Neurone Disease, which also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.