About Us

Hanold Associates is a retained HR executive search firm focused on recruiting Human Resources officers and Diversity & Inclusion leaders. We understand the importance of talent and culture inside an organization and build people-first organizations every day, one leader at a time. Although our client list is diverse, across industries, geographies and business scenarios, culture is at the core of everything we do. We are shaping organizations while changing the landscape of the human capital space through distinctive leadership.

Some of Hanold’s more recent top HR searches include those for Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, the National Football League, Patagonia, REI, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Heinz, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Silicon Valley Bank, T. Rowe Price, Wikimedia, Cargill, CNA Financial, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW and Nike, 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

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.

  • 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 Completes Chief People Officer Search for the NFL

Following a record-breaking year of recruiting top HR leadership into some of the best well-known brands across industry, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has recruited Dasha Smith as chief people officer of the National Football League in one of the most high profile human resource C-suite assignments of 2019. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led

Hanold Associates Seeks CHROs for PE-Backed Company and Non-Profit

Executive recruitment firm Hanold Associates has been enlisted to find chief human resources officers for two organizations: InMoment, a customer feedback company owned by private equity firm Madison Dearborn, and JCFS Chicago, a non-profit social service group. For InMoment, the CHRO will be the key leader of all HR processes throughout the Salt Lake City, UT-based

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for ClubCorp

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist private equity-backed companies across the nation to find top level talent, including chief people officers. The latest: Keri Gavin and Jason Hanold of Chicago-based Hanold Associates have placed former Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group executive April Scopa as the chief people officer of ClubCorp, owners and operators of more than 200 golf

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Turns to Hanold Associates to Fill Directorships

Seasoned board directors are considered the backbone of organizations, with the best ones implementing gold standards that filter throughout an organization. The latest institution seeking to fill multiple board seats is the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, which has turned to Hanold Associates for guidance. The board is chaired by Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert

Press Releases

Ferrero Retains Hanold Associates for Vice President International HR Search based in Luxembourg

Evanston, IL, July 11, 2019 – Ferrero has retained Hanold Associates for their Vice President, Human Resources International search based in Luxembourg. Neela Seenandan, Sonia Nagra and Sandra Peña will lead the search. Still owned by the same family that started the organization more than 70 years ago, Ferrero’s roots date back to the 1940s

Sport Clips Retains Hanold Associates for Chief Talent Officer Search

Evanston, IL, June 25, 2019 – Sport Clips has retained Hanold Associates for their Chief Talent Officer search. Neela Seenandan, Katrina Prospero and Jason Hanold lead the search for this Austin, TX area role. Sport Clips is the nation’s leading hair care provider to men and boys. In the early 1990s, founder Gordon Logan noticed that men tended to dislike

Aspen Dental Partners with Hanold Associates for Vice President HR Field Support Search

Evanston, IL, April 18, 2019 – Aspen Dental has partnered with Hanold Associates for their Vice President, Human Resources Field Support search. Katrina Prospero and Mayank Parikh are leading the search for this Chicago-based role. Aspen Dental, the nation’s largest Dental Support Organization, provides business support services including marketing, scheduling, financial and IT tasks to ensure that dentists can

Hanold Associates Recruits AbbVie’s Head of Global Talent Acquisition

Evanston, IL, May 20, 2019 – Hanold Associates has recruited AbbVie’s Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Sheila Stygar, formerly of PepsiCo. Katie Traines and Jason Hanold led the search for this Chicago-based role. The former Vice President of Global Talent Center of Excellence at PepsiCo, Sheila Stygar, joins AbbVie where she will be responsible for developing, defining, communicating and implementing

Hanold Associates Recruits Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Raymond James

Evanston, IL, May 14, 2019 – Hanold Associates has recruited Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Raymond James. Pedro Suriel will be based in St Petersburg, Florida. Keri Gavin and Ashley Schiele led the search. Pedro Suriel joins Raymond James from Cook Ross where he worked as the Managing Director of Client Services. At Raymond James, reporting to the Vice President



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