SRI acquires Marquee Search to accelerate the expansion of global sports practice

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21 July 2021, London – SRI, the global executive search and consulting firm, has acquired Marquee Search. Marquee Search is an executive search firm with a formidable reputation in sport having placed over 1000 mid-senior executives. The partnership brings together Marquee’s 20 years of North American sports expertise with SRI’s 20 years of serving the converging sport, media, entertainment and technology landscape, across four continents.

The acquisition will see Jeff Yocom (formerly Founder and President of Marquee Search), and Tyler Nelson (formerly Director, Executive Search, Marquee Search) join SRI to significantly bolster SRI’s global sports practice. They will both be based in Portland, further strengthening the existing North American team.

Jeff Yocom, Partner, Sport, SRI, has spent the last twenty years contributing to the success of his clients by delivering the talent they need, when they need it. He is a trusted advisor and responsible for placing leaders and professionals in new positions across the sports and live entertainment industries. Jeff is also a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Leadership Council.

Tyler Nelson, Senior Associate, Sport, SRI, is dedicated to providing insight-led executive search and delivering exceptional results for his clients. Tyler’s consultative approach, rich knowledge of the sports and live entertainment industries and track record of strong placements makes him a powerful and valuable resource for both clients and candidates.

Jay Hussey, SRI’s CEO, North America said, “Jeff’s shared passion for building trusted long-term relationships with clients along with his deep experience of working in the sport & entertainment sectors make him an outstanding fit for SRI.  Tyler is a strong executive search operator, and they will both play a significant role in the expansion of SRI’s capability here in North America. Jeff and Tyler join Paul Chidley, SRI’s Partner based out of Los Angeles. Jeff, Paul and Tyler bring the North American Sports market a powerful and highly effective team.”

Jeff Yocom said, “SRI’s commitment  to having a positive impact on the sports, media and entertainment industries, exceptional candidate care and global network make them an excellent fit. Their credibility and expertise in complementary sectors such as media, esports and technology will add additional value to our clients. We are thrilled to become  part of the team.”

David James, Global Head of Sport, said “Jeff and Tyler’s rigorous, results-focused approach combined with their significant depth of knowledge and experience in sport and entertainment, aligns perfectly with SRI’s business.  They are  great additions to our global sports practice and I’m looking forward to working with them as we deliver for clients right across the globe.”


About SRI

SRI is a global executive search and talent consulting firm dedicated to converging industries. We exist to unlock exceptional people, team and organisational performance. Solely focused on media, entertainment, sport, esports, gaming, sporting goods, fashion and technology, we are experts in creative, nuanced industries. We work with organisations big on ambition in disrupted and high growth sectors. SRI offers executive search (board, executive, future leader, interim) and Talent Consulting (organisation design, talent pipelining, succession planning, remuneration benchmarking, board assessment and team performance programmes).

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