About Us

Hanold Associates Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search and coaching firm focused on HR, Diversity and Corporate Officers and Board Directors. Our clients include American Airlines, Apollo, Arizona Cardinals, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackrock, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., Cartier, CBS News, College Football Hall of Fame,  Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Fanatics, Federal Reserve Bank, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Goodwill, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton,  Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, Moderna, The National Football League, The New York Times, New York Football Giants, Nike, Nordstrom, Northwestern University, Paramount, Patagonia, Phillips 66, Prada, Red Hat, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Save The Children, SC Johnson, Tapestry, Tiffany & Co., Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Walgreen, and Zoom.


Solutions And Expertise

We are passionate about building diverse, people-first organizations. “Human Resources,” “HR” or the “People” function has rapidly evolved. Today’s HR/People leaders must possess distinctive business acumen, have perspectives on the business beyond People implications and be concurrently strategic, hands-on and innovative.

We are experts in finding senior HR and diversity leaders who deliver strategic business impact. As an extension of the brands we serve, we blend the science of retained executive search with the art of understanding the important nuances of leadership attributes and how they sync with team dynamics.

Because we focus on crushing search execution―rigorous assessment, a fast process, and getting culture fit right―we are often asked to lead searches beyond HR and Diversity for other executive leaders and diverse Board Directors.

  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Consumer
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrial
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Human Resources

News Briefings

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief Legal Officer for the U.S. Soccer Federation

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Carlos Kuri as the chief legal officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation in Chicago. Jason Hanold, Mayank Parikh, Meg McElroy, and Catie Nelson led the assignment. “I’m thrilled to join U.S. Soccer at this momentous time for the organization and sport, as we look forward to the Men’s World Cup

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO of THOR Industries

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk-taking, and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets,

Hanold Associates Executive Search Recruits Chief People Officer for Impossible Foods

Talent acquisition strategies at many large companies have become as complex as their balance sheets. And while chief human resource officers play a vital role in overseeing an organization’s broad-based workforce, the chief people officer typically goes beyond overseeing its people policies. The focus instead is on building talent as a key competitive advantage, with

5 Recruitment Trends to Look Out for in 2024

Just as with nearly every facet of the business world, the realm of recruitment is in a perpetual state of flux, responding to evolving demographics, market influences, employee expectations, and technological progress, according to a new article from Jason Hanold, founder and CEO of Hanold Associates Executive Search. “Within the field of human resources, 2024 will bring

Press Releases

Hanold Associates Names Meg McElroy as Partner

Hanold Associates is excited to announce that we have named Meg McElroy as Partner! Throughout her tenure as an Associate at Hanold Associates, Meg has played a pivotal role in successfully executing numerous executive searches across a variety of industries, with a notable specialization in our Retail and Luxury Goods practice. Meg has collaborated with a diverse range

Idahoan Foods Appoints Vice President, Human Resources from Search by Hanold Associates

Idahoan Foods has appointed Tracy Fortner as Vice President of Human Resources. Hanold Associates’ Adam Watson and Katrina Maione led the Idaho Falls, Idaho based search. As VP of HR, Tracy will continue the advancement of Idahoan’s HR strategy and programs and support continued growth. Tracy will lead the company’s HR function with a total HR organization of 14 team

Charter Next Generation Appoints Senior Manager, Compensation from Search by Hanold Associates

Charter Next Generation (CNG) has appointed Desmond Nolen as Senior Manager, Compensation. Hanold Associates’ Lisa Yae, Katrina Maione and Sonia Nagra led the Chicago, Illinois based search. As Senior Manager, Compensation, Desmond will lead CNG’s compensation strategy and partner with the Total Rewards team to create a holistic value proposition. Desmond will be responsible for managing the compensation function and creating

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Appoints Vice President, Talent from Search by Hanold Associates

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has appointed Alison Cowan as Vice President, Talent. Hanold Associates’ Lisa Yae, Jordan Blackmon and Meg McElroy led the Miami, Florida based search. As Vice President, Talent, Alison will support the expanded scope and elevate NCLH’s talent strategy. In this role, Alison will report to EVP and Chief Talent Officer Lynn White and lead the organization’s

Carlisle Companies Inc. Appoints Director, Human Resources from Search by Hanold Associates

Carlisle Companies Inc., a diversified industrial manufacturer, has appointed Kellan Lowe as Director, Human Resources for its Construction Materials business unit. Hanold Associates’ Kile Hanold and Sonia Nagra led the Pennsylvania based search. This is Hanold Associates’ fourth successful assignment with the company. As Director, Human Resources for Carlisle’s Construction Materials (CCM) business unit, Kellan will be responsible for directing