About Us

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

Sonia Nagra, Sandra Peña, and Meg McElroy of Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search have assisted in the recruitment of Karen Rasch as chief people officer for Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A). In this role, she will develop and operationalize a people strategy that will attract, develop, and retain top talent at the firm. Ms. Rasch

Hanold Associates Recruits SVP of HR and Diversity for New York Giants

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has recruited Celeste Bell as senior vice president of HR and diversity for the New York Giants. The assignment was led by Jason Hanold, Lisa Yae, Ivy Arlia, and Meg McElroy. In this newly created role, Ms. Bell will lead all HR and DEI Initiatives and will be responsible for continuing to

Hanold Associates Places Chief People and Culture Officer for Save the Children U.S.

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive has placed Tina Garrett-Ragland as the new chief people and culture officer for Save the Children U.S. The firm’s Neela Seenandan, Sarah Kennedy, Sandra Peña, and Adam Watson  led the assignment, with Ms. Seenandan also serving as interim chief people officer for the non-profit. Most recently, Ms. Garrett-Ragland served as enterprise leader of diversity, equity,

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for The Howard Hughes Corp.

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has recruited has recruited Hope VonBorkenhagen as chief people officer of The Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC).  Jordan Blackmon and Adam Watson led the assignment. “We are pleased to have Dr. Hope VonBorkenhagen join The Howard Hughes Corp. as we continue to grow and develop the exceptional HHC team that is driving our

Press Releases

Pamela Culpepper Joins Hanold Associates as Managing Partner of Leadership Advisory Practice

EVANSTON (Sept. 7, 2022) – Hanold Associates, Executive Search & Leadership Advisory welcomes Pamela Culpepper as the Managing Partner of Leadership Advisory Practice. Pamela is a Board Director of Prada’s Board of Directors, where she made history when she joined in 2022, as the first Black woman to serve on Prada’s board in their 109-year

Venue Group Retains Hanold Associates for Chief People and Culture Officer Search

Venue Group, a multi-national entertainment and hospitality operator, has retained Hanold Associates for its Chief People and Culture Officer search. Hanold Associates’ Jason Hanold, Lisa Butkus and Ashley Schiele will lead the search for this critical role. Venue Group was founded by CEO Ben Lovett, serial entrepreneur and multi-award winning musician from the band Mumford & Sons, alongside his brother Greg Lovett,

Millennium Trust Company Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search by Hanold Associates

Millennium Trust Company, a leading fintech company providing retirement and investment solutions, has appointed Karyn DeFalco as Chief HR Officer. Hanold Associates‘ Sandra Pena, Sonia Nagra and Adam Watson led the search for this Chicago-based role. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Millennium Trust Company (MTC) provides a range of comprehensive, tech-enabled solutions for employers, financial advisors, institutions and individuals. The company’s

Estyle Corp Appoints VP Human Resources from Search by Hanold Associates

Estyle Corporation, a leading manufacturer of multicultural haircare products with backing from Clarion Capital Partners, has appointed Monica Goode as VP Human Resources. Hanold Associates‘ Partners Keri Gavin and Katrina Prospero led the search for this Jacksonville, Florida based role. Estyle has been manufacturing and marketing eco-friendly hair styling products designed for multicultural consumers since its founding in 1983. With

DICK’S Sporting Goods Appoints VP Human Resources from Search by Hanold Associates

DICK’S Sporting Goods, the largest sporting goods retail company in the United States, has appointed Michael Keinath as VP Human Resources. Hanold Associates‘ Partners Keri Gavin and Lisa Butkus led the search for this Pittsburgh area role. Headquartered in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, DICK’S has 50,000 teammates across the United States. The company operates 725 of its retail sports locations, as well



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