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 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

Nolan Partners Adds Former Sports Agent in LA
Nolan Partners Adds Graham Boone Los Angeles

Executive search firm Nolan Partners has expanded its U.S. operations with the addition of former sports agent Graham Boone as an associate in Los Angeles. “Graham’s expertise in basketball operations, advanced scouting and player analytics, along with his reputation among NBA general managers, is of great complement to our growing North American practice,” said Paul Nolan, the

Nolan Partners Leading CEO Search for USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon (USAT), the national governing body for the sport of triathlon, has enlisted executive search firm Nolan Partners to help find its next chief executive officer. Chad Biagini, managing director of North America for the recruiters, is leading the assignment. USAT is looking for a strong business leader with a proven background of driving engagement, affinity

Nolan Partners Drafts CEO for British Swimming

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games on the horizon, executive search firm Nolan Partners has assisted British Swimming in the placement of Jack Buckner as chief executive officer. He succeeds David Sparkes, who retired after 23 years with the organizations. Partner Andy Taylor led the search. Mr. Buckner, who is currently CEO of

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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