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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:

• CEO and Executive Director, USTA
• CEO, DAZN Group (DACH)
• Chief Marketing Officer, Columbia Sportswear
• Chief People & Diversity Officer, US Soccer
• Chief People & Diversity Officer, Detroit Lions
• Chief Revenue Officer, Minnesota Twins
• Chief Ticketing Officer, Washington Commanders
• Head of Sales, Religion of Sports
• CMO, Columbia Sportswear
• Senior Vice President, Stadium Operations, Washington Commanders
• Head of HR, NBA Asia
• Chief Executive, Vancouver Whitecaps
• VP, Non-Games Programming, LA 2028• 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 Officer – Al Jazira FC
• Executive Director, Digital Services & Communications – International Tennis Federation
• Chief Marketing and Communications Officer – Phoenix Suns
• Vice President, Marketing – Chicago Cubs
• Vice President, Marketing & Brand – Tennessee Titans
• Global Head of Digital – Specialized Bicycle Corporation
• Human Resources Director – Chelsea FC
• Human Resources Director – Liverpool FC

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

Stacey Allaster
Chief Executive, Professional Tennis
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