McDermott & Bull Bolsters Sports Practice, Adding Former Field Hockey Player 

Teun de Nooijer McDermott & Bull Europe

December 5, 2017 – McDermott & Bull Europe has added former star field hockey player Teun de Nooijer to its sports, active lifestyle and consumer products practices.

Mr. de Nooijer is one of the most celebrated and decorated field hockey players in the world. He participated in five Olympic games and won several Olympic, world, European and national titles. He made history when the International Hockey Federation named him World Hockey Player of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Prior to joining McDermott & Bull Europe, Mr. de Nooijer held roles at VODW and Clifford Chance.

“The dynamic nature of the sports industry makes it increasingly more important that companies have the right senior leadership team in place to navigate through new developments and changes,” said Milo Zegerius, managing partner of McDermott & Bull Europe. “With Teun, we have a specialist on our team who can serve clients in finding the best executive talent within this fluctuating environment.”


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“Throughout my sports career and as a coach, I have always been in the business of creating and being a part of winning teams,” said Mr. de Nooijer.  “Now as a principal consultant at McDermott & Bull Europe, I’m able to apply that experience and play a vital role in creating high-performing executive teams for our clients.”

McDermott & Bull is the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas, where it serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech & life sciences, retail and professional services sectors.

The firm recently named Brandon Biegenzahn as its new president. Mr. Biegenzahn has been one of the top producers at McDermott & Bull for several years and leads the firm’s financial institutions practice. In his role as president, he plays a critical part in the onboarding and mentoring of new principal consultants at McDermott & Bull as the search firm sets out on an ambitious expansion of its business in the U.S. and overseas

Tapping Outside Talent

Search firms that serve the sports sector have recently looked outside the recruiting industry to find new consultants. Here’s a look at some firms that have recently tapped new talent from the sports sector culled from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives.

Nolan Partners has expanded its U.S. operations with the addition of former sports agent Graham Boone as an associate in Los Angeles. Mr. Boone previously served as the director of basketball operations and a National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) player agent for Tandem Sports + Entertainment.

Bob Casey, the former CEO and captain of London Irish RFC, has joined the EMEA sports practice at Korn Ferry as a senior client partner. Based in the firm’s Dublin office, Mr. Casey is expected to help expand its sports business, as well as sit across the CEO, board, retail and consumer practices.

Sri named former Manchester City technical director Mike Rigg as global football advisor. He focuses on working with the firm’s growing list of football clients in North America, Europe, the U.K. and Asia. Mr. Rigg has been at the forefront of global football for more than 30 years at both youth and senior international and domestic levels.

Snodgrass Partners appointed Tom Jacobs as president. Mr. Jacobs is a 28-year athletics administration veteran who held leadership positions at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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