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NOLAN PARTNERS The leading firm dedicated to Executive Search in global sport, entertainment and related industries Find out more TRUSTED ADVISORS To many of the global sports and entertainment sectors’ most senior leaders and organisations Find out more GLOBAL REACH Our commitment is simple - to find the very best senior talent, wherever in the world they may be Find out more LASTING RELATIONSHIPS At the heart of what we do are strong relationships. For us every search is personal Find out more A TRACK RECORD
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Find out more Achieved by a passion to get it right, no matter the challenge

Nolan Partners has been helping sports, media, and entertainment clients find talented leadership and performance executives for 15 years. Our Partners have completed more than 1,000 placements across six continents and 30 sports. This gives us unrivalled experience and reputation in senior level Executive Search in this industry. Here are just some of the clients we work with…

Sports - corporate

Our knowledge in this sector is unparalleled. We deliver results for rights holders, sporting clubs, governing bodies, professional leagues, venues, sponsors and corporate organisations in a wide range of sports and international arenas.

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Sports - performance

Nolan Partners Performance Practice sources specialist technical / performance candidates from a global pool. We work with world famous clubs, teams, governing bodies, federations and leagues to identify top performance talent.

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Media & Entertainment

Our strong track record spans the converging media, gaming and content and Entertainment sectors, working with global NASDAQ and FTSE clients, VC’s, broadcasters, gaming operators and technology businesses.

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WHAT WE DO

We take decades of experience, add industry-leading research and use our global reach to find outstanding talent for our clients; talent that fits the culture of the organisation and will make a real difference.

“Nolan Partners have just completed an assignment with Honda Racing F1 Team to help us find a Marketing Director. This was a key appointment to our management team and we are delighted with both the approach taken by Nolan Partners and the final candidate they found for us. We really liked their specific focus and knowledge of the commercial sports sector – and would definitely use them again.”
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Nick Fry
Former Chief Executive of Mercedes AMG Petronas

“I’ve worked with Nolan Partners on multiple searches across verticals and properties. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

Al Guido, President of San Francisco 49ers and CEO of Elevate

“We’ve partnered with Nolan Partners several times and look forward to working with them again. They are trusted advisors.”

Crane Kenney
President of Chicago Cubs

“We recently worked with Nolan Partners to appoint a new COO, at a critical time of major change for our organisation. Seeking a top class hire with the vision and leadership to help us scale, generate new revenue streams and develop a high performance team we required a comprehensive international search.

We were able to investigate potential candidates across International Federations, Governing Bodies, Rights owners, clubs and brands with candidates originating from Switzerland, South Africa, US, Australia and the UK.  We had an excellent shortlist of high calibre candidates and appointed a highly regarded individual with the capabilities to deliver our goals.

We have since engaged Nolan Partners for another senior executive mandate and I’d be happy to recommend them in the future.”

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David Haggerty
President, International Tennis Federation

“Over the last two years we have worked with Nolan Partners on the appointment of a Sporting Director, a Main Board Non-Executive Director and a number of other senior management appointments. We have found them extremely thorough, professional and good fun to work with. We believe they are the number one firm in sports recruitment and would recommend them to any Sports organisation to handle their senior appointments.”

 

Paul Barber
Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club

“Nolan Partners helped us hire our CEO / Sporting Director. Their expertise and knowledge is first-rate. We were thrilled with the process, thoroughness, communication, and outcomes.”

Greg Kerfoot, Majority Owner of Vancouver Whitecaps

“I tell everyone that the search we did together was the best recruitment of talent in my career.”

Stacey Allaster
Chief Executive, Professional Tennis

“Having previously worked successfully with Nolan Partners to hire senior members of our Executive Management team, we chose to engage them to manage an international search to find a new Chief Executive Officer at a critical stage in our company’s growth. With potential candidates engaged across 14 countries covering our target markets of broadcast, sports, technology, media and entertainment we had an excellent array and choice of high calibre candidates on our shortlist. Nolan Partners knowledge of our company and the complexities of the market place were evident and vital. However, most importantly they understood the type of individual we were looking for and the cultural fit with the organisation. The board are very pleased with our appointment of a top class operator who has worked across all the key disciplines, lived in four continents and has relocated to join us in London. We will use Nolan Partners again if we make external senior management appointments.”

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Matthew Wheeler
Chairman, Supponor

“The LMA would also like to thank their specialist recruitment firm Nolan Partners for finding us such a first class candidate. Their knowledge and understanding of the football business proved to be invaluable.”

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Howard Wilkinson
Chairman of the League Managers Association

“Nolan Partners recently completed an international search to discover a Chief Executive for the Rugby League International Federation. As a critical appointment in the evolution of our organisation, we wanted to investigate a range of candidates with the leadership, stakeholder management and commercial skills to help take the organisation to the next level. It was a global search and we had 3 appointable candidates. We were delighted with the outcome and our new Chief Executive is making a real difference. I enjoyed working with Nolan Partners who demonstrated expertise, knowledge and commitment throughout the process and I would have no hesitation recommending them to any international sports body.”

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Nigel Wood
Former Chairman, Rugby League International Federation, Chief Executive Officer, Rugby Football League

“We could not be more delighted in the process. The search was rigorous, organized, thorough, and efficient. Nolan Partners’ management of the search committee and the board was immaculate. We could not be more enthused with our selection. Diversity was obviously just as important to them as it was to us. We were also impressed with their geographic breadth: Nolan Partners attracted and assessed candidates in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia. I highly recommend Nolan Partners for your next search.”

Barry Siff
Board President, USA Triathlon

“It was a pleasure to work with Nolan Partners. Their research on the brief was impressive and insightful. They listened and then produced an imaginative long list of excellent candidates. They were constantly helpful during the interviewing process and then helped effectively to land the chosen candidate. I was delighted by their reach and support.”

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Donald Brydon CBE
Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Chairman of Chance to Shine, Chairman of Sage and Chairman of the Medical Research Council

“The British Horseracing Authority engaged with Nolan Partners to help us find a new Chief Executive Officer and after conducting a search, Nolan Partners presented a strong long list of 11 candidates which was whittled down to a shortlist of four. The successful candidate was up against one of the highest quality Chief Executive fields I have ever come across, with a range of senior leaders from the UK business, consumer and leisure industries. One of the most difficult things was saying thank you but no to three of them. All were outstanding and the appointed Chief Executive was up against an incredibly competitive field.”

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Steve Harman
Former Chairman, British Horseracing Authority

“Nolan Partners is world-class. They have served as both recruiters and business consultants for our most critical roles. Nolan Partners has helped us fill key leadership roles across partnerships, strategy, and marketing, most recently assisting us in hiring our Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer. We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to future searches with Nolan Partners.”

Dave Jenkins
Chief Operating Officer of Haslam Sports Group (Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew)

“Nolan Partners is outstanding. They placed our CEO at USA Cycling. They were a pleasure to work with. Nolan Partners has a superior scope and track record in sports and entertainment.”

Bob Stapleton
Board Chair of USA Cycling

“Besides the strong talent pool, I perhaps valued most their ability to be true consultants with whom I could mentally spar about the structure and the overall industry… I can strongly say you’re considering the right firm.”

Danny Sillman, Chief Executive Officer of Relevent
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