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 Places Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer for Kroll

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive has placed William Rolack as chief inclusion and diversity officer for Kroll, a leading provider of services and digital products related to valuation, governance, risk and transparency. He is based in New York. Val Lopez, Sandra Peña and Ivy Arlia led the assignment for the search firm. Mr.

Hanold Associates Seeks Head of People for Autograph

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive is seeking a head of people for Autograph, a leading platform for NFTs co-founded by NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Jason Hanold, Mayank Parikh and Eleanor Tetreault are leading the assignment. “Autograph is rapidly growing, bringing a unique and innovative platform to a revolutionary new market that is quickly

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 10 Search Assignments for 2021 

2021 was a year of change and challenge. But it was also a year when the best recruiting leaders stepped up their game. Across the board, from non-profits, sports teams, and cannabis companies, to start-ups, the Fortune 500, and PE-backed companies, top leaders were in high demand to help guide organizations through the second year

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for PE-Backed Hydrow

With the coronavirus crisis continuing to disrupt the world economy, chief people officers are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate what is looking to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Executive recruiters across the business landscape report that searches for these C-suite executives

Press Releases

Hanold Associates Launches Retail and Luxury Goods Practice, names Lisa Butkus Practice Leader

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has launched its Retail and Luxury Goods Practice and named Lisa Butkus as the Practice Leader. Hanold Associates has led numerous high profile searches for members of this industry, including finding HR, diversity and other leaders for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Beautycounter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penney, Patagonia, Tailored Brands

The New York Times Appoints Senior Vice President, Total Rewards from Search by Hanold Associates

The New York Times has named Cassandra Lammers as Senior Vice President, Total Rewards. Hanold Associates‘ Kile Hanold and Mayank Parikh led the search for this New York-based role. With more than 160 years of history, The New York Times is one of the most well respected news sources in the world. Based in New York City, the Times’ 4,500

American Airlines Appoints Chief People Officer from Search by Hanold Associates

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has appointed Cole Brown as Chief People Officer from search led by Hanold Associates. Jason Hanold and Keri Gavin led the search for this Fort Worth, Texas based role. Pre-pandemic, the American Airlines Group, together with its regional partner, American Eagle, offered nearly 6,700 flights daily to 360 destinations in 50 countries. The company

Kohler Appoints Global Director of Talent Acquisition from Search by Hanold Associates

Kohler, a household name in kitchen and bath products, has appointed Erin Henning as its Global Director, Talent Acquisition. Hanold Associates’ Partners Keri Gavin and Ashley Schiele led the search for this remote role. Kohler is a market leader in kitchen and bath products, engines and generators, decorative products and world-class resorts and golf courses. For more than 140 years,

Dow Appoints Head of Global Total Rewards from Search by Hanold Associates

Dow, one of the largest materials science corporations in the world, appointed Michael Horne as Head of Global Total Rewards. Hanold Associates‘ partners Kile Hanold and Mayank Parikh led the search for this search based in Michigan. Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, Dow (NYSE:DOW) is a major multinational company that produces packaging and specialty products, industrial intermediates and infrastructure and performance



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