About Us

Hanold Associates is a retained executive search firm with a focus on recruiting HR and Diversity & Inclusion leaders, and diverse Board Directors. We quickly and rigorously identify culturally aligned and distinctive leaders who will build enduring organizational capability, cultures and innovative People functions for today’s contemporary organization.

Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Allstate, American Airlines, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., ClubCorp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton, Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, McDonald’s, Moderna, National Football League, The New York Times, Nike, Northwestern University, Patagonia, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, SC Johnson, Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Wikimedia and Zoom, among others.


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Throughout its process, you can be assured that you will receive timely, authentic and critical perspectives from the market. The firm strives to provide innovative and up-to-date counsel to clients so they can make thoughtful, well-informed and confident decisions about critical human capital moves.

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 Places Head of Executive Recruiting at American Airlines 

Partners Sonia Nagra and Ashley Schiele of Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently assisted American Airlines in the recruitment of Maria-Clara Vasconcellos as head of executive recruiting. “Maria Clara is a vibrant and passionate talent acquisition leader who possesses a fantastic ability to attract best-in-class talent,” said Ms. Nagra. “She will be instrumental in creating an exceptional candidate

Cargill Selects Hanold Associates to Lead Chief Diversity Officer Search  

Chief diversity, equity and inclusion officers have emerged as key leaders during this enormous period of transition for workers and the workplace. With a global workforce shifting in complexity, there is a growing need for diversity experts who can shape the vision, culture and very face of organizations. At issue: Too few women and people

Hanold Associates Launches HR Advisory Practice

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has launched a new HR advisory practice. Neela Seenandan, co-CEO and managing partner, is leading the practice. “The past year has many organizations experiencing the challenges of not having the right level of HR leadership. Whilst transforming or pivoting their organizations or HR functions they need strong HR leaders to

Hanold Associates Recruits Global Chief Diversity Officer for FactSet

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Vinay Kapoor as global chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for FactSet, a global provider of financial data and software solutions for investment professionals. Partners Keri Gavin and Katrina Prospero led the assignment. “Vinay will be a transformative addition to FactSet’s executive team,” said Ms. Gavin. “Vinay has

Press Releases

Beautycounter Appoints Chief People Officer from Hanold Associates’ Search

Beautycounter, a mission-driven clean cosmetics company focused on healthier, safer products, has appointed Suzette Ramirez-Carr as their Chief People Officer. Hanold Associates’ Partners Jason Hanold, Lisa Butkus and Katrina Prospero led the search for this Santa Monica-based role. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Beautycounter operates four retail stores and an ecommerce platform, but most of

Cargill Retains Hanold Associates for Chief Diversity Officer Search

Cargill, the largest privately held global food corporation in the U.S., has retained Hanold Associates for its Chief Diversity Officer search. Jason Hanold, Keri Gavin and Ashley Schieleare leading the search for this critical role. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy is a critical pillar in Cargill’s growth agenda. The Chief Diversity Officer will be

BOND Retains Hanold Associates for Head of HR Search

BOND, Clio Entertainment’s reigning Agency of the Year, has retained Hanold Associates for their Head of Human Resources search. Katrina Prospero and Adam Watson are leading the search for this Hollywood-based role. BOND offers a full-service, 360˚ range of offerings, including print, digital and A/V for films, television shows, video games and more. To continue

Antares Capital Retains Hanold Associates for VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Search

Antares Capital, a leading private debt credit manager, has retained Hanold Associates for its Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion search. Sandra Peña and Katrina Prospero are leading the search for this key role. Since its founding in 1996, Antares has been recognized by industry organizations in the private debt space. Several of its female

PE-backed Covis Pharma Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search by Hanold Associates

Covis Pharma, a leading, global specialty pharmaceutical company backed by Apollo Global Management, has appointed Martin Cepeda as its Chief Human Resources Officer. Hanold Associates’ Partners Mayank Parikh and Katrina Prospero led the search. Based in Zug, Switzerland, with operations in Amsterdam, Canada and the United States, Covis markets therapeutic solutions for patients with life-threatening



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