Joe Bailey leads the firm’s Sport Leadership Practice and is a member of the firm’s Marketing and Communications Practice. Joe recently served as the interim commissioner of the Big East, and has extensive experience in the global sports industry as a leader, advisor, and recruiter. He was the chief executive officer of the NFL Miami Dolphins franchise, deputy commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, chief operating officer of the World League/NFL, and vice president of administration of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club.
Most recently, Joe was founder and chief executive officer of Global Sport 360 — a consulting practice where he advised businesses in the global sports industry on strategies and tactics to maximize innovation and talent. As a recruiter, he has conducted more than 200 executive searches globally for leading sports organization including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, Major League Soccer, and Olympic organizations.
Prior to joining RSR Partners as an executive recruiter, Joe established Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group and launched the Sport, Entertainment, and Media Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates.
He is also a member of Duke’s Fuqua Center of Leadership and Ethics Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor for Duke Sports Medicine Feagin Program, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and member of the UK-based Beyond Sport Advisory Board.
Joe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He and his wife Charlotte live in New Canaan, Connecticut.