About Us

Nolan Partners is the world’s leading and largest retained executive search firm with a dedicated focus on sports and entertainment.  Since our founding in 2006, Nolan Partners has placed over 500 executives across 6 continents.

We work on a global basis with clients that range from world famous sporting clubs, governing bodies, professional leagues, venues, agencies, universities, broadcasters, and the major corporate organizations involved in sport. 

Our Business practice specializes in recruiting senior leaders such as chairpersons, chief executives, the wider c-suite, and vice presidents. 

Our Performance practice acquires specialist technical/performance talent such as General Managers, Technical and Sporting Directors, talent identification and scouting specialists, sports medicine, and science specialists.

We have a proven track record of not only identifying talent from within the industry but also of bringing talent from the wider commercial world into senior business roles in sport and related industries.

Our client portfolio includes English Premier League, Manchester United FC, Liverpool FC, beIN, Chicago Cubs, NBA, NFL, Rugby League International Federation, Wimbledon, Mercedes Formula One, Breeders’ Cup, Yokohama F. Marinos, and the British Olympic Association.

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Nolan Partners conducts Executive Search on a retained basis for clients. We work with clients until the assignment is concluded, whatever it takes.

We take it upon ourselves to know who is successful in the sectors where we operate, identifying the people who deliver results time and again. As such, we ensure that we are well connected and always stay abreast of current events in our sectors.

We have also built a market leading in-house research capability and we are confident in our ability as a team to search across the world for talent. As well as identifying the best talent in our sectors, we pride ourselves on identifying high calibre individuals from other industries whom we believe have the right skill set and personal qualities to succeed in this space. In fact, more than 50% of our candidates now come from outside of our core sectors. However, it is one thing identifying successful individuals, but it requires specialist knowledge and experience to find the candidates with the capability to translate their previous success to the world of Sport, Performance or Entertainment.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Consumer
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Nolan Partners Recruits CEO for USA Cycling

Chad Biagini, managing director of North America for Nolan Partners has placed former New Balance Athletics executive Rob DeMartini as the new CEO of USA Cycling in Colorado Springs, CO. “Our entire board and management team enthusiastically welcome Rob as our new CEO,” said Bob Stapleton, USA Cycling chairman of the board. “His passion and ambition for both the

Nolan Partners Selected by the Indy Eleven to Find New CEO

Executive search firm Nolan Partners has been retained by the Indy Eleven, a professional soccer team, to find its next CEO. Jeffrey G. Belskus announced he will step down from the role toward the end of the year. He will continue in the job until a successor is chosen. Chad Biagini, managing director of North America for Nolan Partners, is

Recruiting Overseas Leaders to U.S. Sports Teams Heats Up

Nolan Partners recently placed former Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre as the first CEO of Nashville MLS. “There’s a lot of other leagues and clubs that would find him incredibly attractive,” Nashville MLS owner John Ingram told the Tennessean. “This is a rather unique opportunity. And I feel very fortunate that this was of interest to him.” Mr.

Nolan Partners Names Global Head of Media and Entertainment
Nolan Partners Andrew Moss Global Head Media and Entertainment

Executive search firm Nolan Partners has expanded with the addition of Andrew Moss as its global head of media and entertainment. He will work out of the firm’s London office, where he will focus on expanding Nolan Partners’ media and entertainment properties around the globe, with specific focus on Europe and the U.S. “Andrew has been a rainmaker

Press Releases

Earthquakes Hire Roma’s Jesse Fioranelli as New General Manager

LONDON, UK, January 5, 2017 — The San Jose Earthquakes have named Jesse Fioranelli, a member of the sporting direction unit at Italian side AS Roma, as their new general manager, the club announced today. Fioranelli had previously worked for several top-flight clubs in Europe. At Roma, his duties included scouting, match analysis, player development, and recruiting. In

Kelly Fairweather Appointed ITF Chief Operating Officer

LONDON, UK, September 26, 2016 — ITF President David Haggerty has announced that Kelly Fairweather will become ITF Chief Operating Officer effective 1 January 2017. Fairweather is currently Chief Executive Officer of the International Hockey Federation, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. “The ITF is excited to have Kelly join us in the role of Chief Operating Officer,” said Haggerty. “Kelly’s extensive

Nolan Partners Opens US offices

LONDON, UK, June 17, 2016 — Nolan Partners has announced the opening of its operation in North America with offices in Los Angeles and New York and the appointment, with immediate effect, of Chad Biagini as managing director of Nolan Partners North America. Chad brings over 10 years’ experience in executive search representing a range of sports clients

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