About Us

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

Press Releases

Hanold Associates Launches Search for Ferrara Candy Company’s Chief HR Officer

CHICAGO, IL, April 24, 2015 — Ferrara Candy Company, a Catterton Partners private equity portfolio company, is the number one non-chocolate candy maker in the country. Originally a family-owned business, Ferrara has evolved into a booming, confectionary powerhouse after its merger with Farley and Sathers. The combined talents of these two companies helped create a stronger,

Hanold Associates Launches Search for Patagonia’s Chief HR Officer

CHICAGO, IL, February 6, 2015 — Patagonia, Inc., founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, has scaled the peak of the outdoor apparel and accessories business. The company designs and markets rugged clothing and accessories to mountain climbers, skiers, surfers, as well as other sports enthusiasts and environmentalists who are willing to pay for the Patagonia brand and its



Jason Hanold of Hanold Associates | Bootstrapping in America