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Glenn Sugiyama serves as managing partner and global Sports Practice leader in the firm’s Chicago office. Read more >

Glenn Sugiyama serves as managing partner and global Sports Practice leader in the firm’s Chicago office.

Described by Forbes magazine as “…one of the most influential men in college athletics”, Glenn is credited with building one of the largest and most renowned sports practice groups in the world.  For over 10 years, he has been placing talent in professional sports organizations and for the top academic institutions in the United States and around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches.  

Glenn is considered a human capital expert in the sports industry and is frequently asked to share his opinions and insights in the media, and speak about his experiences internationally.  

At age 27, Glenn became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he was named to the board of directors of the former world champion Chicago Bulls. Prior to the Bulls, he was a Division I college basketball coach.

Before joining DHR International, Glenn was vice president and account director for Leo Burnett USA, and a former director of North American business development at iLeo, Leo Burnett’s Marketing Services group.

Glenn began his career as director of marketing, advertising and sales for a regional restaurant company.  He made the successful transition from marketing to finance & operations when he ran a nine unit / 700-employee chain as president and CEO.  Since then, Glenn has served as EVP of a 5,000-employee service company and President of a real estate development company.

In addition, he has served on the Advisory Council of the University of Illinois – College of Business and the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Service Committee.

Recently, Glenn was named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” in the U.S.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University. < Read less

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Chicago | North America
March 2017 | Sports Business Daily

Women make progress in filling Division I AD jobs

Since the start of 2016, 52 NCAA Division I athletic director jobs have been filled. Eight of the 52 hires have been women. Believe it or not, that represents progress. More >

March 2017 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR Places First Female AD at University of Pittsburgh

Search firms have been tasked to find athletic leadership for universities across the country. In one of the latest, DHR International has just placed Heather Lyke as athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh. She becomes the first woman to take on this leadership role at the school, replacing Scott Barnes. Glenn Sugiyama, DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader, led the assignment along with partner Pat Richter who spearheads the firm’s specialized sports practice group. More >

March 2017 | The Pitt News

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

Basketball season is over, but history was made Monday on the hardwood floor of the Petersen Events Center. More >

February 2017 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR International in Hunt for Athletic Director at University of Pittsburgh

The margin for error in college athletics searches is razor thin. Recruiters bring speed & discretion and provide protection and plausible deniability. Let's go inside the highly competitive world of university sports recruiting. More >

December 2016 | 247 Sports

From A+ to D: Grading the college football coaching hires

The coaching carousel has stopped whirring for the moment, so let’s take stock. Who nailed their hires? Who could’ve done better? Coaches and agents helped 247Sports grade the 17 FBS hires to this point. More >

December 2016 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR International Taps Head Football Coach for Purdue

Executive search firm DHR International has recruited Jeff Brohm as head football coach for Purdue University. He becomes the 36th head coach in program history. The search was led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama. Purdue is coming off a terrible run the last four seasons under Darrell Hazell in which it won just nine total games. Mr. Hazell was fired midway through this season. More >

June 2016 | D1.ticker

The Self-Aware Athletic Director

We’ve come to expect a great deal from athletic directors. They are after all brilliant and shrewd masters of their craft, capable of steering tremendously complex business operations through an ever turbulent industry. They create grand visions for the future of their university’s athletic program, leveraging an uncanny ability to take ambiguous strategic concepts and turn them into perfectly executable reality, all the while rallying hundreds of employees to devotedly commit themselves to the great cause. We might as well call them flawless, because they are simply incapable of anything short of textbook leadership. More >

December 2015

Glenn Sugiyama: A visionary in the collegiate arena

Glenn Sugiyama serves as Managing Partner and Global Sports Practice Leader in the firm’s Chicago office. Described by Forbes magazine as “one of the most influential men in college athletics,” Glenn Sugiyama is credited with building one of the largest and most renowned sports practice groups in the world. For over ten years, he has been placing talent in professional sports organizations and for the top academic institutions in the United States and around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches. Mr. Sugiyama is considered a human capital expert in the sports industry, and is frequently asked to share his opinions and insights in the media, and speak about his experiences internationally. More >

December 2015 | Forbes

The Most Powerful Women In Sports

Who are the most powerful women in sports? Managing over 1,000 employees and helping drive an estimated $700 million in annual revenues, racing heiress Lesa France Kennedy has established herself as the most influential female in the business of sports. More >

September 2015 | Baltimore Business Journal

Ex-Terp, regent Tom McMillen has blank slate to lead Division 1A athletic directors group

Tom McMillen, the former congressman and regent at the University of Maryland, is the new voice for athletic directors at the highest levels. Now he’s going to spend the next few weeks days figuring out what that means. More >

October 2015 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR Recruits Athletic Association CEO

DHR International has recruited Tom McMillen as president and chief executive officer of the 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. Mr. McMillen replaces Dutch Baughman, the 1A Association’s longtime executive director who previously served as director of athletics at Oregon State, Virginia Tech, and Furman. More >

September 2015 | Forbes

Why Texas Will And Should Use A Search Firm For AD Hire

Less than two years removed from hiring Steve Patterson, Texas is once again in the market for a new athletic director. When the Longhorns needed to replace the retiring DeLoss Dodds in October of 2013 the administration used a search firm – namely Korn Ferry – to help them pinpoint a replacement. Given that Dodds had been the Texas athletic director for 33 years, it made sense to bring in a group with more experience in finding administrators than anyone at the university. More >

June 2015

DHR completes search for athletic director of Syracuse University

Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the successful placement of Mark Coyle as Athletic Director for Syracuse University. The search was completed by Global Leader of the Sports Practice, Glenn Sugiyama, and Executive Vice President, Pat Richter. More >

June 2015 | Cuse.com

New A.D. Coyle And His Family Welcomed To Syracuse University

Glenn Sugiyama and Pat Richter successfully place Mark Coyle as the new Athletic Director for Syracuse University. More >