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

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

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.

Press Releases

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

DaVita Kidney Care Retains Hanold Associates for Head of Total Rewards Search

DaVita Kidney Care taps Hanold Associates for their Head of Total Rewards search, based in Denver. Keri Gavin and Kile Hanold are leading the search for this role. DaVita, Inc., a Fortune 200 company, is on a quest to build the greatest health care community the world has ever seen. Originally founded in 1979, DaVita

Alight Solutions Retains Hanold Associates for VP of Global HR Operations Search

Alight Solutions has retained Hanold Associates for their Vice President of Global Human Resources Operations search. Kile Hanold and Keri Gavin are leading the search based in the Chicago area. Alight Solutions is a market leader in cloud-based human capital solutions, providing solutions for integrated benefits, payroll and cloud services. Alight partners with clients’ HR,