Hanold Associates


Hanold Associates is a boutique retained executive search firm with a core focus on recruiting HR, diversity, and general counsel executives for world-class clients. The firm has a distinctive focus in searching for dynamic and culturally appropriate human resources and diversity officers and building sustainable, contemporary human resources organizations.

They focus on blending the science of retained executive search with the art of understanding the important nuances of getting culture fit right when introducing candidates to client organizations. 

Hanold Associates serves distinctive clients across geographies and industries. Some of these world-class organizations include Patagonia, Amazon, SC Johnson, REI, eBay, Great Place To Work, Nike, Heinz, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Abbott, Carnival Corporation, Biogen, Heinz, Bridgestone, CDW, Silicon Valley Bank, PureCircle, PG&E, PPG, Cargill, CNA Financial, ServiceMaster, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare and Sears Holdings.

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Here’s Why Game Changing CHRO Talent Is In Big Demand

Chief human resource officers (CHRO) have made big strides as strategic game changers and sounding boards for CEOs. The best ones are now critical C-suite players. That is making the hunt for first-rate HR leaders a highly competitive business. Three HR recruiting rivals take us inside their work, one via podcast, serving up an outstanding

Hunt Scanlon’s 10 Most Important Recruiting Stories of 2016

Hunt Scanlon Media covered a lot of terrain in 2016 – and so picking our 10 most important stories will likely go down as the most difficult task our editorial team handled this year! Great comebacks, globalization, new assessment tools to review, new service offerings, Brexit, polls & surveys to analyze, talent pipelining, the influential

Hunt Scanlon’s 10 Best Interviews of 2016

If Hunt Scanlon Media has one best kept secret, it is the vast professional and tightly focused network that we communicate with every day, both on and off the grid. Hunt Scanlon provides daily market intelligence briefings and data analytics to an expanding universe of global talent acquisition leaders – 72 percent of them on

Why the CEO / CHRO Relationship Is Essential

In partnership with CEOs, chief human resource officers (CHROs) are playing increasingly critical roles to ensure companies win the war for talent and maximize employee motivation across the globe, according to the ‘Executive Monitor’ report newly released by search firm Boyden. Boyden’s report, “The Rise of the CHRO,’ explores the many challenges CHROs face on

Hanold Associates Fills CHRO Roles for Sterigenics International and Moderna Therapeutics

As Hunt Scanlon reported last week, women continue to dominate the CHRO role across corporate America. Hanold Associates, a specialist in the field, has just recruited two more, placing Ana Rodriguez and Annie Seibold Drapeau as chief human resources officers (CHROs) of Sterigenics International LLC and Moderna Therapeutics, respectively. Jason Hanold, managing partner of Hanold Associates, led

Talent Talks

CHRO: Successor to the CEO

In this ‘Talent Talks’ podcast episode, Jason Hanold, CEO and managing partner of Hanold Associates, a specialist boutique focused on HR officer search and board recruiting, discusses with us the CHRO’s rise to the C-suite and the CEO / CHRO relationship. But changing times have helped to elevate the position to new heights. The CHRO, of course,


Hanold Associates Launches Search for Vail Resorts CHRO

CHICAGO, IL, November 22, 2016 — Hanold Associates has been retained by Vail Resorts for the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer search. Reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rob Katz, the Chief Human Resources Officer will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Vail Resorts’ talent-related functions and will be an integral member of

Keri Gavin Joins Hanold Associates

CHICAGO, IL, August 25, 2016 — Hanold Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Keri Gavin to their team. Keri’s strengths in relationship building, personable interactions and communication are a great contribution to the recruiting team where she’ll focus on talent acquisition, organizational development, talent management, operations and total rewards. Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Keri

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief HR Officer for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

CHICAGO, IL, April 21, 2016 — Hanold Associates has recruited Barbara Bolender as the chief human resources officer for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the country and the brand organization behind “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”. The tourism

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Ferrara Candy Company

CHICAGO, IL, March 7, 2016 — Hanold Associates recruited Michael Goldwasser as the chief human resources officer of Ferrara Candy Company. Mr. Goldwasser will report to Todd Siwak, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrara and provide leadership and strategic management while ensuring execution of the company’s vision in all human resources activities. He’ll be located at the company’s Chicago-area

Hanold Associates Tapped to Lead Search for UFC’s Chief Human Resources Officer

CHICAGO, IL, October 9, 2015 — Hanold Associates has been tapped to lead the search for Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Chief Human Resources Officer, based at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Started in 1993 as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is now the fastest growing sports organization in