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

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

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Riddell

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has placed Sharon Quiles as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Riddell. Partner Kile Hanold led the search. Ms. Quiles was previously an HR leader at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) where she built out the entire HR infrastructure following a consolidation of three global business units that had 1,400 total employees. Prior to that she served

Recruiters Heed Call for Top Flight CHROs

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has been selected by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization to lead its search for a new chief human resources officer (CHRO). The position will be based at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas. CEO Jason Hanold and partner Michael Leming are leading the search. Mr. Leming recently joined forces with Hanold Associates from

What Attracts Top Talent to Companies? This Might Surprise You …

Jason Hanold is CEO and managing partner of Chicago-based Hanold Associates, a boutique executive search firm specializing in HR officer assignments. Jason leverages his in-depth knowledge of distinctive leadership traits and competencies to advise clients in assembling high-performing leadership teams. One of Hanold Associates’ specialty practice areas is identifying CHRO talent. Among the blue chip companies the

Press Releases

IMC Retains Hanold Associates for Head of Recruiting Search

IMC has retained Hanold Associates for their Head of Recruiting search. Ashley Schiele, Katrina Prospero and Lisa Butkus are leading the search based in Chicago. IMC is a leading global market maker and diversified trading firm. It was originally founded in 1989 in Amsterdam and was one of the first companies to realize the importance

Moderna Partners with Hanold Associates for HR Leadership Searches

Moderna Therapeutics, a recognized leader in the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, is partnering with Hanold Associates for multiple Human Resources Leadership searches based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ashley Schiele, Katrina Prospero, Kile Hanold, Sandra Peña and Jason Hanold are leading the searches. Moderna Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on pioneering the development

Tailored Brands Appoints New Chief HR Officer from Search by Hanold Associates

Tailored Brands appointed Shane Smith as Chief Human Resources Officer. Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin, Mayank Parikh, Lisa Butkus and Jason Hanold led the San Francisco Bay area search. Shane Smith comes to Tailored Brands from The Coca-Cola Company where he held various leadership positions. Reporting directly to Tailored Brands’ newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Dinesh

Alliant Energy Retains Hanold Associates for HR Director Search

Alliant Energy has retained Hanold Associates for their Director of Human Resources Consulting & Employee Experiences search based in Madison, Wisconsin. Katrina Prospero and Sandra Peña are leading the search. Alliant Energy Corporation’s mission is to deliver the energy solutions and exceptional service that its customers and communities count on—safely, efficiently and responsibly. Through its

CareFinders Retains Hanold Associates for Chief People Officer Search

CareFinders Total Care has retained Hanold Associates for their Chief People Officer search based in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Keri Gavin and Sandra Peña are leading the search for this role. The largest and fastest growing provider of in-home personal care services in the Northeast United States, CareFinders provides quality home personal care to more