Cowen Partners Executive Search announced today Sam Torres will lead the new Sports and Entertainment Executive Search Practice. Mr. Torres will serve as a senior advisor to C-Suite leaders and front office administrators in the entertainment, sports & athletics executive recruitment process while also providing guidance on talent and sports business best practices.
The Cowen Partners Sports & Entertainment Executive Search Practice will focus on the five major sports leagues within the U.S., including the:
The NCAA D1 Collegiate sports space will also be included, with an emphasis on senior leadership positions, including Athletic Directors.
Prior to joining Cowen Partners, Mr. Torres had a 14-year career in sports, both at the professional and collegiate level. Torres has led diverse teams, managed various lines of revenue, built naming rights opportunities, helped open a downtown multipurpose stadium, launched a franchise from the ground up, and successfully turned around two NCAA D1 institutions.
“We are excited for Sam to launch the Sports and Entertainment Practice at Cowen Partners, as it is clearly his passion and we know the value that Cowen Partners can bring to this market,” said Shawn Cole, Cowen Partners President and Founding Partner.
According to Hunt Scanlon Media, sports and entertainment are two of the fastest growing business segments for executive recruiters. From athletic directors and coaches to general managers and vice presidents of sales, these high-profile positions are now in increasingly high demand. Cowen Partners will be able to leverage years of high-performance corporate expertise in Sports and Entertainment, putting teams and institutions in a better position for success.
“I am excited to lead the Sports and Entertainment Search Practice at Cowen Partners, as I have seen firsthand the value that Cowen Partners provides its business clients. The ability to combine my two passions into one driving force will benefit the teams we work with,” said Mr. Torres.
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Sam Torres, Practice Leader