Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Riddell

January 22, 2016 – Executive search firm Hanold Associates has placed Sharon Quiles as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Riddell. Partner Kile Hanold led the search.

Ms. Quiles was previously an HR leader at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) where she built out the entire HR infrastructure following a consolidation of three global business units that had 1,400 total employees. Prior to that she served in roles at GE and Honeywell, gaining a wide breadth of industry experiences.

Ms. Quiles will be the human resource strategy leader responsible for developing and executing high-impact approaches to attract, retain, support and develop a diverse talent pool at Riddell. She will be additionally charged with planning, designing, communicating and executing HR services and programs that are aligned with and will further Riddell’s business strategies.

“Sharon brings a refreshing, new dynamic to the HR function for the organization. This role provides her with continued opportunity to grow into a phenomenal HR leader,” said Mr. Hanold. “She’s a great addition to an already exceptional leadership team.”

Riddell is a designer and developer of protective sports equipment. Part of the BRG Sports family, Riddell is the recognized leader in football helmet technology and innovation for professional and amateur athletes. It employs over 1,400 people, primarily in manufacturing, with a sales force of about 250.


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Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates is a boutique search firm specializing in HR officer assignments and serving a wide-ranging list of clients, including Nike, Amazon, McKinsey & Co., eBay, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Outward Bound and Vail Resorts. The firm has been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine, posting a 253 percent growth rate over the past three years.

The firm recently recruited top CHRO’s for outdoor apparel company PatagoniaCPI Card Group, Friedman Operating Group, Video Equipment Rental and NYC Outward Bound Schools. It recently launched a CHRO search for Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and was brought in to handle the CHRO search for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Recent hiring trends show that a full one-third of companies polled said their organizations were hiring for HR positions, including CHRO. This number is up from 20 percent just 18 months ago.

According to a report released by Aon Hewitt, more than half of CHROs say they are not career HR professionals. Of these, approximately one third had no background in HR prior to assuming their current CHRO position.

This research concurs with findings from Hunt Scanlon CHRO surveys which indicate that as large companies bring their more significant executive recruiting work in-house, there is a developing need for top-flight CHROs who can oversee the entire corporate personnel spectrum, from top to bottom.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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