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Sports Recruitment International appoints managing partner, Executive Search

Prior to joining SRI, James was global head of Sport & Leisure at CTPartners, one of the world’s largest search firms, working with some of the leading global sports clubs, governing bodies, government agencies, service providers, sponsors, rights holders, leisure venues and broadcasters assisting them with their senior management recruitment, strategic planning and transformation issues.

Previously, James was MD of Compass Group’s UK Sports’ business and a former head of commercial for the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). James commented, “I am delighted to be joining the team at SRI at this exciting stage of their development. I was extremely impressed by the quality and depth of their team and track record, as well as the focus they place on building close and long term partnerships with their clients and candidates.”

Managing partner, Europe, Jim Chaplin, said, “It is a great pleasure to welcome David to the team. His breadth of senior level search experience and expertise will further enhance the offering we are able to make to our clients. We were impressed by both his track record of recruiting exciting new talent from outside of the industry into sport, as well as the emphasis that he places on robust, innovative and imaginative search processes.”

SRI chairman, Michael Squires added, “We continue to invest heavily in building the strongest team of specialist sports recruiters in the world across our international offices and David adds real quality and insight to our senior partner team. His experience of working within the industry for the SRU and Compass Group coupled with his role at CTPartners means that he is ideally placed to support our clients with their search requirements.”


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