Glenn Sugiyama

Managing Partner, Global Sports Practice

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. Since 2004, he has been placing talent in professional sports organizations and for the top academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches. He is based in Chicago.

Glenn Sugiyama

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In his over 16 years as a Senior Partner, Glenn has led searches for some of DHR’s largest clients around the world. At age 27, he became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he joined board of the Chicago Bulls. Prior to that, he was a Division I college basketball coach.

Before joining DHR, Glenn was Vice President and Account Director for Leo Burnett USA, and a former Director of North American Business Development at Leo Burnett’s Marketing Services Group currently known as ARC Worldwide.

Glenn began his career as Director of Marketing, Advertising and Sales for a regional restaurant company. He transitioned 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.

Glenn was named one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business in the U.S. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.


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