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We acutely understand the challenges in the business of sport and the need to marry performance, on and off the pitch. Nolan Partners has conducted Executive Searches across a wide variety of sporting organisations including world famous sporting clubs, governing bodies, professional leagues, venues, agencies, broadcasters and the major corporate organisations involved in sport and to date we have worked with over 30 sports across the world.

To see a sample of some of the roles we have successfully worked on, please click here and to read more about what our clients think of us please click here.

A selection of completed assignments:

• Non-Executive Chair – The English Football League
• Non-Executive Director – The English Football League
• Chief Executive Officer – Vancouver Whitecaps FC
• President of Business Operations – Houston Dynamo
• Chief Operations Officer – Olympique de Marseille
• Operations Director – Lancashire County Cricket Club
• Vice President, Finance – Oakland A’s
• Chief Revenue Officer – FC Internazionale Milano
• Chief Revenue Officer – AS Monaco FC
• Chief Marketing Officer – AS Monaco FC
• Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer – Haslam Sports Group (Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew SC)
• Chief Revenue Officer – Al Jazira FC
• Senior Vice President of Business Development – Washington Nationals
• Executive Director, Digital Services & Communications – International Tennis Federation
• Chief Marketing and Communications Officer – Phoenix Suns
• Director of Marketing & Communications – Laureus
• Vice President, Marketing – Chicago Cubs 
• Vice President, Marketing & Brand – Tennessee Titans
• Global Head of Digital – Specialized Bicycle Corporation
• Global Planning Director – Legends
• Vice President, Human Resources – New York City FC
• Human Resources Director – Chelsea FC
• Human Resources Director – Liverpool FC

“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 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)

“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

“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

“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
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