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The searchers: Some firms in the sports space

Key executives: Asher Simons, Joe Becher
Specialties: Franchises, leagues, colleges, media, venues, agencies
Recent placements: McLaren F1, PGA Tour, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Los Angeles Dodgers

Collegiate Sports Associates
Key executive: Todd Turner, president
Specialties: College coaches, administrators
Recent placements: Missouri AD, UNLV AD, USC-Upstate AD, Houston football coach, Old Dominion women’s basketball coach

DHR International
Key executive: Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner
Specialties: Sports, media and entertainment, education, financial services
Recent placements: Pittsburgh AD, Purdue football coach, LEAD1 CEO/president, Syracuse AD, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach

Diversified Search
Key executives: Tracy Murdoch O’Such, managing partner; Harvey Schiller, managing partner
Specialties: C-suite level, digital media, marketing
Recent placements: WWE, USTA, World Surf League, ESPN, Fox Sports

Eastman & Beaudine
Key executive: Bob Beaudine, president/CEO
Specialties: Pro, college sports, entertainment
Recent placements: Memphis football coach, South Carolina football coach, Rutgers football coach, Southern Mississippi AD

Harvard Group International
Key executive: Chuck Cain, senior partner
Specialties: Properties, technology, media, agencies/consulting
Recent placements: Phoenix Rising FC COO, Arizona Coyotes director of marketing, IRG Sports & Entertainment director of corporate partnerships, Palm Beach International Raceway, Teneo Sports managing director

Heidrick & Struggles
Key executives: Mike Speck, partner and global sector leader; Billy Dexter, partner and Americas regional diversity leader
Specialties: Media, sports, consumer digital
Recent placements: NCAA EVP of inclusion and HR, ATP World Tour chairman and president

James & Co.
Key executives: Michele James, founder; Roysi Erbes, president
Specialties: C-suite placements
Recent placements: StubHub COO, On Location Experiences CEO, National Basketball Players Association general counsel, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CBO, UFC head of sponsorship sales

Korn Ferry
Key executives: Jed Hughes, vice chairman; Liz Boardman, senior client partner
Specialties: Diversity and women leaders in sports, president, CEO, CRO, heads of foundations
Recent placements: Jacksonville Jaguars coach, Georgetown men’s basketball coach, Arnie’s Army CEO, Manchester United CEO for media, New York City FC president

Marquee Search
Key executive: Jeff Yocom, president
Specialties: Pro sports teams and leagues, national governing bodies, sports marketing agencies
Recent placements: Arizona Coyotes EVP of corporate partnerships and premium seating, Oakland Raiders executive director of Raiders Foundation and VP of corporate partnerships, Learfield Sports GM, Seattle Sounders VP of corporate partnerships

Nolan Partners
Key executives: Paul Nolan, group managing director; Chad Biagini, managing director for North America
Specialties: C-level, VP, and high-performance level
Recent placements: San Jose Earthquakes president, San Jose Earthquakes GM, British Swimming CEO, International Tennis Federation COO

Parker Executive Search
Key executives: Dan Parker, chairman; Laurie Wilder, president
Specialties: Higher education, health care, college sports
Recent placements: Illinois-Chicago AD, Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s basketball coach, Eastern Michigan AD, Presbyterian AD, Boston College AD

Prodigy Sports
Key executive: Scott Carmichael, CEO
Specialties: Sponsorships/partnerships
Recent placements: TD Garden SVP of business operations; TD Garden/Boston Bruins VP of business strategy; On Location Experiences SVP of premium sales, VP of premium sales and VP of sponsorship

RSR Partners
Key executives: Joe Bailey, managing director; Dany Berghoff, principal
Specialties: Property and rights holders, goods and services
Recent placements: Would not disclose

Russell Reynolds Associates
Key executives: Dean Stamoulis, Nada Usina
Specialties: C-suite, senior level
Placements: Would not disclose

Spencer Stuart
Key executives: Jamie Crittenberger and Phil Murphy, co-leaders of the U.S. sports business practice
Specialties: Leagues and teams, nonprofits and foundations, entertainment and media, digital
Recent placements: New York Jets, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Liverpool FC, Paris Saint-Germain

TeamWork Consulting
Key executive: Buffy Filippell, president
Specialties: Senior-level sports and events executives
Recent placements: SportBox Entertainment Group EVP for global soccer division, Six Flags Entertainment national director of sponsorship sales, Live Nation U.S. Concerts VP of ticketing strategy

Turnkey Sports & Entertainment
Key executive: Len Perna, president/CEO
Specialties: Pro, college sports, entertainment
Recent placements: Atlanta Hawks GM, Alabama AD, Tennessee AD, Ilitch Holdings group president, LSU football coach

All information from firms and their websites. Photos courtesy of firms.