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Nolan Partners (www.nolanpartners.com), a global leader in retained executive search for the sports industry, announces an addition to their U.S. operation with the hiring of Graham Boone as an Associate. Graham will work out of Nolan’s Los Angeles office under the leadership of Chad Biagini, Managing Director of North America.
“Graham’s expertise in basketball operations, advanced scouting and player analytics, along with his reputation among NBA General Managers, is of great complement to our growing North American practice,” says Paul Nolan, the firm’s Founder and Group Managing Director.
Prior to joining Nolan Partners, Graham served as the Director of Basketball Operations and a National Basketball Players Association Player Agent for Tandem Sports + Entertainment, where he worked on behalf of NBA stars including Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen and Thaddeus Young, among others. Prior to helping found Tandem Sports in 2013, Graham held similar positions at Williams & Connolly, LLP in their sports representation practice.
“Graham was part of my agent representation team and whether it was analytics reports or negotiations, he was always thorough and honest.” – Ray Allen – Retired NBA Player, Two-Time NBA Champion
Graham brings eight years of experience working with all levels of team and league leadership. He will specialize in executing searches in General Management, Senior Strategy, Salary Cap Administration, Senior Legal Counsel, Sports Science, Talent Identification/Scouting, CEO, COO, CFO, CRO and CMO positions.
Graham is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
“I’ve known Graham for several years – he has always shown diligence and integrity in his work. He will be a great addition to Nolan Partners.” – Adrian Wojnarowski – Senior NBA Insider, ESPN
“Graham was an invaluable partner in building our business for eight years. He is an accomplished negotiator and client manager. I look forward to following his success at Nolan Partners.” – Jim Tanner – President, Tandem Sports + Entertainment
“Graham has been a friend and colleague for years. His experience working with top NBA players and front offices makes him a perfect fit for Nolan Partners.” – Shams Charania – NBA Writer, Yahoo! Sports
Founded in 2006 by Paul Nolan, former Human Resources Director of the English Football Association, the Nolan Partners team has completed over 500 senior placements globally for the biggest brands in sport. Some notable placements in the recent past include Sporting Director of Tottenham, Chief Operating Officer of Liverpool FC, Vice President of People Operations of Oakland A’s, CEO of USA Triathlon, CEO of British Swimming, President of San Jose Earthquakes, Chief Operating Officer of International Tennis Federation, Chief Revenue Officer of Mercedes F1 and CEO of Rugby League International Federation, to name a few. The firm works across all the major sports in North America and Europe.