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 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

Hanold Associates Recruits Head of People for Autograph

Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive recently placed Erica Perkins as head of people for Autograph, a leading platform for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), co-founded by NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Jason Hanold, Mayank Parikh, and Eleanor Tetreault led the assignment. “Autograph is rapidly growing, bringing a unique and innovative platform to a revolutionary new market that is quickly

Hanold Associates Places Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Red Hat

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Shuchi Sharma as chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for Red Hat, a provider of enterprise open-source software solutions. Ms. Sharma previously served as global vice president, diversity, and inclusion at SAR, a software development company. Val Lopez, Sandra Peña and Ivy Arlia led the assignment for

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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