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 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

Hanold Associates Launches CHRO Search for Outward Bound

Executive Search firm Hanold Associates has been selected by Outward Bound NY Schools to lead its search for a new chief human resources and administrative officer. The successful CHRO candidate, to be based in Queens, NY, will report to Outward Bound’s president, Richard Stopol, and serve as a member of the senior management team and support all senior

Press Releases

Safelite AutoGlass Retains Hanold Associates for HR Leadership Searches

Safelite AutoGlass has retained Hanold Associates for their Director of People, Midwest Region and Director of People, Southeast Region, searches. Ashley Schiele and Katrina Prospero are leading the assignment. Safelite Group is one of America’s most recognized premier service brands, delivering unrivalled automotive glass repair, replacement and claims management services generating annual revenues over $2

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