Excel Acquires Nolan Partners

In one of the most critical hiring periods in our industry’s history, we’ve bolstered our own resume through the acquisition of Nolan Partners, a leading executive search firm focused wholly and exclusively on working with clients in sports, media and entertainment to help find executives for leadership roles. Adding Nolan Partners to our lineup of business services will allow us to serve as the vital, connective thread between top decision-makers and executive talent around the world.

Nolan Partners is a globally recognized leader in executive placement because of their unmatched track record, industry connectivity and remarkable growth story. At Excel, we strive to be the absolute best at any business we enter and similarly Nolan Partners are best-in-class at what they do. We are tremendously excited to help Paul, Chad and the rest of the team at Nolan to take their business to the next level within Excel.”
– Jeff Schwartz, Founder and President, Excel Sports Management.

The acquisition will impact multiple areas of crossover throughout our business, as Nolan Partners works on a global basis primarily focusing on senior executive and board level roles for clients that range from world famous sports teams, governing bodies, professional leagues, venues, agencies, broadcasters and other major corporate organizations in sports.  

“World class talent is the cornerstones of our business. Given the rapid pace of change and dynamic nature of our industry, never has there been more of a need for top-tier talent.  With this acquisition, we will offer yet another premium service to our growing roster of leading league, team and rightsholder clients. We will also leverage Nolan’s 16-year history of operating in Europe to grow Excel’s international footprint.”
– Emilio Collins, Partner and Chief Business Officer, Excel Sports Management

Nolan Partners has executed VP, C-suite, and Board searches in 28 countries on six continents and has been retained for over 100 searches in the last year alone across the major sports leagues in the US, UK, Europe, and Asia. Together, we’ll continue that momentum as the firm is actively representing high-profile clients in Hong Kong, Switzerland, UK, US, Canada, among others.

“Over the last 16 years, we’ve grown to become the biggest search firm in the world dedicated to executive search in sports and entertainment, working in partnership with iconic brands and wonderful clients across more than 20 countries and in every major sports league. Today, we join together with Excel, enhancing our ability to see our clients achieve their fullest potentials both on and off the field.”
– Paul Nolan, Chief Executive Officer, Nolan Partners

With Nolan Partners as part of our team, we not only lay claim to one of the most extensive networks in sports, but we also have our first footprint in Europe.  Nolan Partners staff will continue to operate out of their offices in London, with select staff spread out between Dallas and our headquarters in New York.

“Excel’s relationships, reputation, client roster, and commitment to excellence are second to none and precisely why we are so excited about our new partnership. Our combined capabilities magnify our opportunity to continue this story of rapid growth and expansion into new markets and enhanced product offerings.”
– Chad Biagini, President, Nolan Partners

Read more about the acquisition on Sports Business Daily: Impressed by Nolan Partners, Excel adds executive search arm to its growing agency portfolio