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.


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 Fanatics

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Orlando Ashford as the new chief people officer of Fanatics in New York City. The search was led by Jason Hanold, Lisa Yae, Mayank Parikh, and Eleanor Tetreault. “Orlando is an outstanding person and business leader, who brings an exceptional sense of wisdom, innovation and drive to

The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs have been vital to smart companies that want to attract and retain the best talent. However, it’s the lack of such efforts at some organizations that have been making headlines lately in the business press, according to a recent report from Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive. D&I programs are

Hanold Associates Seeks Chief People and Culture Officer for Save the Children

Broad and lasting changes to the workplace have advanced a more integrated approach to talent management built around culture, according to executive recruiters. Organizations that used to synchronize their talent to corporate vision, core values and strategic objectives are now aligning people around purpose. And for good reason: Building sustainable cultures in the long run

Patagonia Retains Hanold Associates for Head of Total Rewards Search

Patagonia, a high-performance outdoor apparel and accessories brand, has selected Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive to lead in its search for a head of total rewards. Kile Hanold and Adam Watson will lead the assignment. As Patagonia continues to grow, this individual will be expected to align HR functions and policies to support the company’s employees. This leader

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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