Excel Sports Management acquires Nolan Partners

  • Acquisition sees Excel’s total workforce grow to around 150
  • Deal comes after sports agency used Nolan Partners services last summer

Global sports agency Excel Sports Management has confirmed the acquisition of executive search firm Nolan Partners.

Nolan Partners’ chief executive Paul Nolan and president Chad Biangi will continue in their roles, with the company continuing to operate out of its existing London and Dallas offices, while select staff will work from Excel’s New York headquarters. The addition of Nolan’s 20 employees will bring Excel’s head count to around 150.

The headhunter firm will continue under its current name as a subsidiary of Excel Properties.

London-based Nolan Partners has worked to secure executive appointments across the sports industry,  including for Excel last summer. The firm has also recently worked on talent acquisition for Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League’s (NFL) Seattle Seahawks and Premier League club Arsenal.

Nolan said: “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.”

“Nolan Partners is a globally recognised leader in executive placement due to their unmatched track record, industry connectivity and remarkable growth story,” added Jeff Schwartz, founder and president of Excel Sports Management.

“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 take their business to the next level within Excel.”

The acquisition is the latest in a period of growth for Excel after it acquired data insights and partnership valuation firm Block Six Analytics (B6A) in September.






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