The ATP has appointed Chris Kermode as executive chairman and president. Kermode will begin a three-year term at the helm of the professional men’s tennis tour starting January 1, 2014, and will be based in the ATP’s London office.

Kermode has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a player, and most recently as tournament director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club. He has also served as managing director of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since 2008.

“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.”

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.