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Egon Zehnder’s Sports Practice advises best-in-class organizations across every segment of the sports ecosystem. With over 35 consultants globally, we partner with CEOs, boards and investors on succession planning and executive search, DEI strategy, broader cultural work (including mission/vision/values and team effectiveness) and executive assessment and development.

We believe that sports can bridge cultural, geographic and socioeconomic gaps through an evolving content-driven and technologically dynamic landscape. Our Firm is uniquely positioned to help transform the industry from a tight-knit group of governing bodies and clubs to a universe that operates in and draws investment, talent and audiences from every corner of society.

Ty Gold, Global Sports Practice Leader

Who We Are

Egon Zehnder’s Sports Practice’s three pillars are anchored in our core principles and mirrored by societal and industry imperatives: 

  • We have a deep and longstanding commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – both internally and externally.
  • We create non-insular talent solutions drawn from both inside and outside the sports industry.
  • We are singularly united across 63 offices in 36 countries under one consolidated P&L.

What We Do

Our consultants solve for business problems with the perspective that comes only with having “sat in the seat” of a CEO, CMO, CFO, CDO and other roles. We bring a uniquely cross-sector perspective and collaborative consultant base.

Our experience extends across the following segments and beyond:

  • Digital & Media Platforms including streaming platforms, digital collectibles, and others
  • Leagues and Governing Bodies
  • Clubs/teams
  • Multi-club holding entities
  • Sports Betting
  • Marketing Firms and Agencies
  • E-Sports & Gaming
  • Investment firms (PE and VC)
  • Data & Analytics
  • Apparel
  • Health & Wellness
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Sports Consultants

Avitai Gold

Avitai Gold

New York

Global Lead

Ty Gold leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Sports Practice. He believes in the enduring power of sports to connect and entertain diverse groups in the face… Read more

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C.

Kim Henderson is a founding member of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group for the Americas in addition… Read more

Calvin Yee

Calvin Yee

Los Angeles, New York

Calvin Yee, based in New York and Los Angeles, is the Head, Global Media, & Entertainment, a leader in the Sports & Digital Practice and serves… Read more

Martin Juhn

Martin Juhn

New York

Martin is a leader in the Media, Entertainment & Sports Practice & key member of the Technology Practice. Read more

Andrea Kilpatrick

Andrea Kilpatrick

New York

Andrea is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Practice where she leads the firm’s work with “creators”. Partnering with the… Read more

Ari Roitman

Ari Roitman

New York

Ari Roitman, based in New York, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Sports, Consumer and CMO practices. Read more

Steve Selwood

Steve Selwood

New York

Stephen Selwood, based in New York, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Financial Services Practices. He is a trusted advisor to large… Read more

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Boston

Dede Orraca-Cecil, based in Boston, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice where serves clients in the Media, Entertainment, and lifestyle… Read more

Lex McGraw

Lex McGraw

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Lex McGraw is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Private Equity, Financial Officers and Sports practices. He is a trusted advisor in… Read more

Richard Warren

Richard Warren

Atlanta

Rich Warren, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Media & Entertainment, Sports, and Legal Consultancy Services practices. Read more

Caroline Lombardi

Caroline Lombardi

Miami

Caroline Lombardi, based in Miami, leads the US Hospitality and Leisure Practice. She serves clients through executive search… Read more

Clint Fairweather

Clint Fairweather

Los Angeles

Clint Fairweather, based in Los Angeles, is passionate about the intersection of technology with media, entertainment, and sports. His deep expertise… Read more

Lyapa Nakazwe-Masiya

Lyapa Nakazwe-Masiya

Los Angeles

Lyapa Nakazwe-Masiya, advises on C-suite and executive board placements across the US. A member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Consumer, MES and Human… Read more

Samanta Stewart

Samanta Stewart

Los Angeles

Based in Los Angeles, Samanta Hegedus Stewart is part of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Technology and Financial Services practices. Read more

Karena Man

Karena Man

San Francisco

Karena Man, based in San Francisco, leads the Data practice and the West Coast Tech Officers practice. Her clients call upon her deep expertise in… Read more

Catherine Zhu

Catherine Zhu

Toronto

Catherine Zhu, based in Toronto, is a trusted advisor to boards, entrepreneurial CEOs and family business owners on their critical leadership… Read more


Thought Leadership | Sports

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CISOs are the MVPs of sports organizations

Egon Zehnder Consultants Karena Man and Avitai Gold discuss how better security creates a better fan experience. Read more

Three Essential Leadership Ingredients for the Sports Industry Today and in the Future

Three Essential Leadership Ingredients for the Sports Industry Today and in the Future

We depend on strong leadership in times of crisis. Indeed, the current situation underscores the importance of clear strategies and certain key questions for… Read more

When Progression Beats Perfection

When Progression Beats Perfection

Basketball coach turned leadership advisor Alan Stein Jr. shares tips for how exceptional leaders and coaches are winning on the court and in business… Read more

“What wins is just dogged resilience, day in, day out.”

“What wins is just dogged resilience, day in, day out.”

Katherine Grainger, British Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and Ben Medlock, co-founder of SwiftKey, discuss what lies beyond brains and brawn. Read more

FC Barcelona and its Exemplary Academy La Masia

FC Barcelona and its Exemplary Academy La Masia

FC Barcelona has enjoyed more success than any club side in history, with an attacking philosophy rooted in hard work. Barça’s football academy La… Read more

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