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 Recruits CHRO for Video Equipment Rentals

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited David Staels as chief human resource officer (CHRO) of Video Equipment Rentals. In his new role, Mr. Staels will report to VER’s CEO Steve Hankin, who is credited with coining the term ‘war for talent.’ Serving as a key member of VER’s leadership team, Mr. Staels will be accountable for

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for NYC Outward Bound

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited Juan Taveras as chief human resources officer (CHRO) for NYC Outward Bound Schools. He will report to Outward Bound president Richard Stopol and will serve as a member of the executive team. In his new position, Mr. Taveras will be the human resource strategy leader responsible for developing and executing

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for CPI Card Group

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited Lisa Jacoba as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of CPI Card Group. Hanold Associates’ partners Karlis Antons and Ivan Perry led the search. In her new position, Ms. Jacoba will have overall responsibility for the human resources function of the company, reporting directly to CPI’s president and chief executive officer, Steve Montross.

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Patagonia

Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited Dean Carter as chief human resources officer (CHRO) at outdoor apparel company Patagonia. Jason Hanold, managing partner, led the search. In his new role, Mr. Carter will provide strategic leadership and direction of Patagonia’s global human resources, finance and legal teams. He’ll report to the CEO, Rose Marcario, and be charged

Press Releases

MYR Group Appoints Jim Barrett as Head of HR. Hanold Associates Led the Search

MYR Group has appointed Jim Barrett as Head of Human Resources. Hanold Associates’ Sonia Nagra and Sandra Peña led the Denver-based search. Jim Barrett comes to MYR Group from leadership positions at Renewable Energy Systems America and AECOM. Reporting to the CEO of MYR Group, Rick Swartz, Mr. Barrett will be responsible for providing leadership

McDonald’s Names Head of Learning & Development US. Hanold Associates Leads the Search

McDonald’s has named Chrissie Leibman as Head of Learning and Development, US, based in Chicago. Hanold Associates’ Ashley Schiele and Keri Gavin led the search. Chrissie Leibman comes to McDonald’s from leadership positions at WeWork and Gap, Inc. Ms. Leibman joins the Learning & Development Center of Excellence during a period of unprecedented innovation and

PE-Backed Chicagoland Smile Group Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search Led by Hanold Associates

PE-Backed Chicagoland Smile Group has appointed Sarah Purlee as Chief Human Resources Officer, based in Chicago. Hanold Associates’ Kile Hanold and Sonia Nagra led the search. Sarah Purlee joins Chicagoland Smile Group (CSG) from leadership positions at Dash Financial Technologies and Aden + Anais, Inc. In this newly created position of Chief Human Resources Officer,

Quest Diagnostics Appoints VP Total Rewards from Search Led by Hanold Associates

Quest Diagnostics has appointed Noreen Farrell as Vice President of Total Rewards & HRIS. Hanold Associates’ Kile Hanold and Katrina Prospero led the New Jersey based search. Noreen Farrell joins Quest from leadership positions at Conduent Inc. and Tyco (acquired by Johnson Controls). Reporting to the Senior Vice President and CHRO at Quest, Ms. Farrell

PE-backed IRI Appoints SVP of Global Talent from Search by Hanold Associates

PE-backed IRI has appointed Andrea Haan as Senior Vice President of Global Talent. Hanold Associates’ Neela Seenandan, Mayank Parikh and Sonia Nagra led the search for this Chicago-based role. Andrea Haan comes to IRI from Allstate Corporation where she held many leadership roles. Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer of IRI, Evan Swidler, Ms.