RSR Partners Appoints Joseph Bailey as Managing Director of its Sport Industry Practice

March 6, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, Mar. 5, 2012 – RSR Partners, a leading executive recruiting firm specializing in senior level board and executive searches, has announced the appointment of Joseph A. Bailey III, as managing director and head of the firm’s Sport Industry Practice. Mr. Bailey, who has extensive experience in the global sports industry as a leader and recruiter, was a CEO of the NFL Miami Dolphins franchise, Deputy Commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, COO of the World League/NFL, and VP of Administration of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Most recently, he was founder and CEO 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.  

“Joseph Bailey brings a unique combination of leadership, management and executive advisory experiences that will benefit our clients and our firm,” said Russell S. Reynolds, Jr., Chairman of RSR Partners   

Prior to joining RSR Partners as an executive recruiter, Mr. Bailey established Heidrick and Struggles’ Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group and launched the Sport, Entertainment and Media Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates.  In addition to his employment history, Mr. Bailey is 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. 

Mr. Bailey is a frequent media guest speaker on “Leadership and the Future of Global Sport.” The Sporting News called him “the most influential executive recruiter in sports” and included him on its list of “The 100 Most Powerful People.”

RSR Partners is an executive, board, search firm based in Greenwich, CT, with offices in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. The firm was launched in 1993 by Russell S. Reynolds, Jr., who grew his original venture, Russell Reynolds Associates, into a global business before he retired from that firm and subsequently founded RSR Partners. RSR Partners has been advising CEOs and boards on C-suite recruiting, succession planning, and talent assessment on a global scale.


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