June 15, 2010 – Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has launched a new 42-member global search practice dedicated to the sports business. The global sport leadership advisory group will be led by Joe Bailey, who was most recently CEO of Dolphins Enterprises, the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium. "Talent is a critical element in creating and sustaining a competitive advantage," said Mr. Bailey. "And the sport industry is no exception. As a pioneer in blending executive recruiting with leadership consulting, Heidrick & Struggles delivers an attractive portfolio of services for best-in-class sport-invested organizations looking to acquire and develop the talent necessary to stay ahead of the competition." During his time with the Dolphins organization, Mr. Bailey was responsible for the NFL Miami Dolphins franchise, the 75,000-seat Dolphin Stadium and other real estate holdings. Mr. Bailey formerly served as partner and managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates. Heidrick & Struggles is a provider of senior-level executive search and leadership advisory services, including succession planning, executive assessment, talent retention management, executive development, transition consulting for newly appointed executives, and M&A human capital integration consulting.