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Transforming the way your industry works

Sydney FC partners SRi Executive for CEO search

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Football, Jonathan Harris

31 May 2017, Sydney, Australia – Sydney FC Chairman, Scott Barlow, today confirmed details of the search to find the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer. With the incumbent CEO, Tony Pignata leaving at the end of a hugely successful season for the club in 2016-17, the Sydney FC board seek renewed leadership for the business as they enter the next stage of their growth. “Our aim is to be Australia’s number one football club in everything we do” confirmed Chairman Scott Barlow. “The Club is poised to enter its next…read more

Executive Search Gets On the Ball In Sports Recruitment

Posted by in Jay Hussey, USA

Jay Hussey, CEO of our North American-facing business SRiCheyenne, recently sat down with Hunt Scanlon to discuss the sports recruitment sector. April 26, 2017 – For years, the majority of senior level search assignments emanated from traditional employers. Prominent among them: financial services and healthcare concerns, industrial and manufacturing companies, and consumer products giants. But as the search for talent expanded and grew more complex, institutions that at one time seemed insular moved to recruit more and more outsiders. Over the last decade, executive recruiters have pushed hard into every…read more

Talent trumps tech in a sports industry grappling with disruption

Posted by in Jay Hussey

It’s become a truism today to say that technology is changing everything. It is nearly impossible to get through an issue of the Economist or Harvard Business Review, or even the Hollywood Reporter, without encountering an article about how the rise of cloud computing platforms, connected devices, social media, or always on mobile access is reshaping both the consumer and commercial landscape. The world of sport, often regarded as a bastion of tradition, heritage and legacy, has certainly not been immune to the same kind of disruption. In fact, data…read more

The importance of a Sporting Director

Posted by in Football, Stewart King

SRi’s Stewart King recently spoke with the Daily Telegraph about the increasing importance of roles in football clubs such as the Sporting Director. According to the Telegraph, a quarter of the 92 professional football clubs in England have changed their manager in the past 150 days yet roles like Sporting Director mean many are enjoying greater off-field stability than ever before. Stewart King pointed to football’s fundamental shift in intellectual property which now rest with clubs rather than individual managers or chief scouts. Decisions are more collaborative, and while the manager…read more

Major Sports Owners’ Growth Agenda Hinges On Hiring The Right People

Posted by in Steve Moser, USA

Growth was at the top of the agenda for many owners of professional sports teams at the recent Leaders conference in New York and, as SRi’s Steve Moser reports, that growth will only be achieved through hiring the right people. A panel at the recent Leaders conference in New York laid bare the challenges many professional sports teams around the world face when it comes to getting the right team in place to drive growth. One key challenged identified for Owners and General Managers alike was being able to keep…read more

When games are won and lost by inches, overlook sports dietitians at your peril

Posted by in Elite Performance, Steve Moser, USA

Despite the arms race of strength and conditioning in sports in recent years, many teams have yet to harness the power of a registered dietitian whose expertise can mean the difference between winning and losing. SRi’s US-based high-performance consultant Steve Moser spoke to one such elite sports dietitian to find out how big of a difference dietetics can make. Just a decade ago there were only 13 colleges in the US that employed full-time sports dietitians, and that number was then more than all of the professional sports in the…read more

Bilingual talent is in high demand as the sporting world’s eyes turn toward Japan

Posted by in Asia, Career Advice, Japan, Yusuke Isoda

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics on the horizon, the world’s biggest sports businesses are on the hunt for Japanese candidates and those who boast language skills and experience in related industries, says Consultant for Japan Yusuke Isoda in an interview with SRi. To read a Japanese language version of this article, please click here. SRi: You recently joined SRi after a number of years for a Tokyo-based recruitment specialist, what are your ambitions for SRi in Japan? Yusuke Isoda: “As a passionate sports fan, I’m thrilled…read more

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SRi merges with The Cheyenne Group, a U.S. media and entertainment executive search firm

Posted by in Uncategorised

SRi, a leading executive search and consulting firm today announced a merger with The Cheyenne Group creating a unique global, boutique with unrivalled access to an established and robust global network of talent in related industry sectors. The combination of SRi and The Cheyenne Group brings together two leading brands with a rich heritage and reputation for delivering innovative talent solutions in transforming the way their clients’ industries work. Founded in 1999, The Cheyenne Group is an industry leader providing world class search and consulting services by assisting management teams…read more

Are you on board?

Posted by in Asia, Frances Farnworth, HR, Leadership, Management

Starting a new job can be daunting enough at any level, without turning up to find you were forgotten about, left to figure it all out on your own, thrown in and told to get going. Does that get you ‘onboard’ with the company? Many would say no. An effective onboarding process of new staff has been shown to be key in the retention of staff, which seems obvious, YET the ineffective onboarding of new staff is all too common. Get it wrong and your new superstar whiz kid (or…read more

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Opportunities aplenty in Japan’s growing sports industry

Posted by in Asia, Japan, Management, Yusuke Isoda

The Japanese sports business industry is set to grow exponentially and those who boast critical skills are in high demand, says SRi’s Yusuke Isoda The sporting world’s focus will shift to Japan for a packed calendar of major events and although there are challenges ahead, a land of opportunity awaits those who have the critical skills required. To read a Japanese language version of this article, please click here. With the Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games on the horizon, the Japanese sports business industry is enjoying an unprecedented period…read more