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

Press Releases

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief HR Officer for Vail Resorts

CHICAGO, IL, April 3, 2017 — Hanold Associates recruited Lynanne Kunkel as Chief Human Resources Officer. Vail Resorts is the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. They operate well-known ski resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge in Colorado; Park City, Utah; Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake

Hanold Associates Launches Search for Vail Resorts CHRO

CHICAGO, IL, November 22, 2016 — Hanold Associates has been retained by Vail Resorts for the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer search. Reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rob Katz, the Chief Human Resources Officer will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Vail Resorts’ talent-related functions and will be an integral member of

Keri Gavin Joins Hanold Associates

CHICAGO, IL, August 25, 2016 — Hanold Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Keri Gavin to their team. Keri’s strengths in relationship building, personable interactions and communication are a great contribution to the recruiting team where she’ll focus on talent acquisition, organizational development, talent management, operations and total rewards. Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Keri

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief HR Officer for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

CHICAGO, IL, April 21, 2016 — Hanold Associates has recruited Barbara Bolender as the chief human resources officer for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the country and the brand organization behind “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”. The tourism

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Ferrara Candy Company

CHICAGO, IL, March 7, 2016 — Hanold Associates recruited Michael Goldwasser as the chief human resources officer of Ferrara Candy Company. Mr. Goldwasser will report to Todd Siwak, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrara and provide leadership and strategic management while ensuring execution of the company’s vision in all human resources activities. He’ll be located at the company’s Chicago-area