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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Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Hanna Andersson

Chief human resource officers (CHRO) have made big strides as strategic game changers and sounding boards for CEOs. The best ones are now, in fact, critical C-suite players. The recruitment of these executives continues to be a critical hire for companies. The latest one: Hanold Associates has placed Wayne Young as CHRO of Hanna Andersson. Partner Keri

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

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 Recruits Chief HR Officer for Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

CHICAGO, IL, May 26, 2017 — Hanold Associates recruited Tim Mulligan as Chief Human Resources Officer for Vulcan Inc. which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Vulcan Inc. is a nimble private company working to solve some of the biggest global issues. The projects and investments they pursue are inspired by the ideas of their founder Paul G.

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief HR Officer for Hanna Andersson

CHICAGO, IL, April 7, 2017 — Hanold Associates recruited Wayne Young as Chief Human Resources Officer for Hanna Andersson, which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1983 by Swedish-born Gun Denhart, Hanna Andersson is a premium children’s apparel and lifestyle brand. In an era when most clothes were created with polyester and synthetic fabrics, Hanna Andersson

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief HR Officer for Vail Resorts

CHICAGO, IL, April 3, 2017 — Hanold Associates recruited Lynanne Kunkel as Chief Human Resources Officer. Vail Resorts is the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. They operate well-known ski resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge in Colorado; Park City, Utah; Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake

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