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Nolan Partners was founded in 2006 to address the gap in the market for an Executive Search firm focused wholly and exclusively on working with clients in sports, media, and entertainment to help them find executives for leadership roles. We have established an unrivalled reputation across the industry in fulfilling senior executive and board level recruitment mandates in a timely and innovative manner.

In March of 2022, we joined the portfolio of Excel Sports Management, an industry leading sports agency that represents iconic talent, brands, and properties. Excel’s acquisition of Nolan Partners brought two of the industry’s power players together, joining forces to change the game for world-class sports and entertainment entities. Together, we’ve become a globally recognized leader in executive placement and our resume continues to grow as we strategically bolster our client roster.

From our offices in London, New York, and Dallas, we work globally with clients that range from world famous sporting clubs, governing bodies, media companies, professional leagues, venues, agencies, broadcasters, gaming businesses, sporting goods manufacturers and brands, and the major corporate organisations involved in the space. We have a proven track record of identifying and comparing talent from both inside and outside the industry for senior roles.

Our Performance practice helps clients acquire specialist technical/performance talent such as technical and sporting directors, talent identification and scouting specialists, and sports medicine and science specialists. This sits alongside our sports and entertainment practices where we find senior leaders such as chairpersons, chief executives, c-suite officers, and VPs as a core part of our business.

Our business is global, working with clients from the UK, Europe, North America, Middle East, Oceania, and Asia, shortlisting and placing candidates from around the world.

We believe that Nolan Partners’ track record of working collaboratively with clients is world class, as evidenced by our client testimonials, and we encourage all potential clients to ask our existing clients about the quality and value of our service. If you are in sport or a related industry and looking to fill a senior executive role or board level position, please contact us.

“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
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