About Us

Hanold Associates Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search and coaching firm focused on HR, Diversity and Corporate Officers and Board Directors. Our clients include American Airlines, Apollo, Arizona Cardinals, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackrock, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., Cartier, CBS News, College Football Hall of Fame,  Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Fanatics, Federal Reserve Bank, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Goodwill, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton,  Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, Moderna, The National Football League, The New York Times, New York Football Giants, Nike, Nordstrom, Northwestern University, Paramount, Patagonia, Phillips 66, Prada, Red Hat, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Save The Children, SC Johnson, Tapestry, Tiffany & Co., Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Walgreen, 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

Women Rise to Dominate CHRO Roles, But Falter On Path to CEO

Even though an analysis of the top 1,000 U.S. companies by Korn Ferry finds the percentage of women in most C-suite positions is dramatically lower than their male counterparts, the chief human resources officer (CHRO) position is the only C-suite role where there is gender parity. A full 55 percent of CHROs across industries are women, according to

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO and CMO for Fortis Private Bank

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited Gaurav Sehgal as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and David Sarjantson as chief marketing officer (CMO) at Denver-based Fortis Private Bank. Headquartered in Denver, Fortis offers a comprehensive suite of banking, private wealth management, and investment management services. As a key member of the Fortis leadership team, Mr. Sehgal will partner with

Hanold Associates Recruits Las Vegas Convention Authority CHRO

Hanold Associates has recruited Barbara Bolender as chief human resources officer (CHRO) for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Founder Jason Hanold led the search. Ms. Bolender will report directly to LVCVA’s chief executive officer and president, Rossi Ralenkotter. She will be responsible for leading, driving and managing change, identifying talent needs across the

Hanold Associates Heading CHRO Search for REI

Once again, executive search firm Hanold Associates has been retained to search for an organization’s chief human resources officer (CHRO), this time by Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). Founder and ex-Russell Reynolds Associates recruiter Jason Hanold will lead the search. Reporting to the company’s chief executive officer, Jerry Stritzke, the incoming CHRO will be a member of REI’s executive

Press Releases

Jason Hanold & Torin Ellis of SiriusXM Career Mix on Helping Out During the COVID-19 Crisis

In this transcript from the 4/12/2020 interview of Jason Hanold, CEO of Hanold Associates, on SiriusXM Career Mix with Torin Ellis, Jason shares his thoughts on helping other organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. (2:34 mins) Torin Ellis: During this pandemic right now, you’re supporting a number of organizations around COVID-19. A. How’s the family? And

Jason Hanold & Torin Ellis of SiriusXM Career Mix on Evolving Role of CHRO

In this transcript from the 4/12/2020 interview of Jason Hanold, CEO of Hanold Associates, on SiriusXM Career Mix with Torin Ellis, Jason shares his thoughts on the evolving role of the CHRO (3:36 mins) Torin Ellis: You’ve said in the past that you believe the new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and even that Chief

Sagent Pharmaceuticals Retains Hanold Associates for HR Leadership Search

Sagent Pharmaceuticals has retained Hanold Associates for their Senior Human Resources Manager search based in the Greater Chicago area. Sonia Nagra and Sandra Peña are leading the search. Sagent Pharmaceuticals is one of the fastest growing providers of specialty generic pharmaceuticals in the US market. The company develops, manufactures, sources and markets approximately 60 essential

Hanold Associates Recruits Head of People Analytics for Capital Group

Capital Group has appointed Erin Urwin as People Analytics Senior Manager based in Irvine, California. Hanold Associates’ Sandra Peña and Ashley Schiele led the search. Erin Urwin comes to Capital Group from Deloitte Services LP where she worked as Talent Reporting & Analytics Manager. As the People Analytics Senior Manager for Capital Group, Ms. Urwin

Hillrom’s ICU Hospital Beds in Demand, Hanold Associates Volunteers to Recruit Needed Installation Technicians in COVID-19 Hotspots

Hillrom is racing to manufacture enough ICU hospital beds in the fight to treat the most critical COVID-19 patients, while rapidly scaling their production of ventilators. While manufacturing efforts for both ventilators and ICU hospital beds can scale, there is a critical role required, at the hospital locations, to assemble and install the ICU beds.