Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People Officer for The Howard Hughes Corp.

February 6, 2023 – Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has recruited has recruited Hope VonBorkenhagen as chief people officer of The Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC).  Jordan Blackmon and Adam Watson led the assignment. “We are pleased to have Dr. Hope VonBorkenhagen join The Howard Hughes Corp. as we continue to grow and develop the exceptional HHC team that is driving our company’s success as we develop our nation’s leading master planned communities,” said David R. O’Reilly, CEO. “Dr. VonBorkenhagen’s experience and data-driven, people-centric approach will be a great asset to our company and to the development of a diverse pipeline of experienced talent—not only for HHC, but for our industry as a whole.”

Dr. VonBorkenhagen’s educational and executive background brings a unique perspective to the company’s dedicated efforts to develop and mentor talent by placing people at the core of its long-term strategies for growth and success. She has nearly 20 years of executive-level human resources experience in both the public and private sectors and across industries including aerospace, oil and gas, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Dr. VonBorkenhagen most recently served as vice president of human resources at Lennox International – Residential, a global provider of innovative climate-control solutions, consisting of 6,000 employees worldwide. Prior to that, she held top HR roles with Oceans Healthcare, HollyFrontier Corp., and National Cooperative Refinery Association.

In her role with The Howard Hughes Corp., Dr. VonBorkenhagen will be expected to build upon the existing successes of the culture and people function to nurture the company’s hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. She will report to Mr. O’Reilly and serve on the executive leadership team. “I am excited to join The Howard Hughes Corp. and work with this outstanding team of creative and talented individuals who are shaping the industry today,” said Dr. VonBorkenhagen. “The foundation of a successful company lies in the strength of its people, and HHC is committed to a culture of opportunity and long-term growth—for our communities and for our team members across the country.”

The Howard Hughes Corp. owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use property throughout the U.S. and is backed by Pershing Square Capital Management as its largest shareholder. Howard Hughes’ portfolio includes master planned communities, operating properties, and development properties, including The Seaport in New York; Downtown Columbia, MD; The Woodlands, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland in the greater Houston, TX area; Summerlin in Las Vegas; and Ward Village in Honolulu, HI. Headquartered in The Woodlands, TX, Howard Hughes has 530 employees with an additional 116 employed at the Las Vegas Ballpark.

Hanold Associates is a boutique executive search firm focused on HR and diversity and inclusion officers. Its client list is diverse across industries, geographies, and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything the firm does. Its clients include the National Football League, Zoom, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Gucci, Tom Brady’s TB12, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Dick’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, SC Johnson, eBay, Moderna, Hillrom, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, ClubCorp, Nike, Abercrombie & Fitch, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Ford Motor Co., among others.

Ms. Blackmon is a partner with Hanold Associates where she focuses on recruiting executive level HR talent across industries and functions. She brings years of experience in building long-lasting, trusting relationships and developing recruiting strategies and programs. Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Ms. Blackmon was a senior recruiter at McKinsey & Company.

Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People and Culture Officer for Major League Baseball
Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has placed Michele Meyer-Shipp as chief people and culture officer for Major League Baseball. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led the assignment. “Michele is an exceptional leader and an inspirational person,” said Mr. Hanold. “She will have an incredibly positive impact on Major League Baseball in this newly created role within the commissioner’s office.”

Mr. Watson, head of communications for Hanold Associates, is based in Salt Lake City, UT. He specializes in employee communications and has a passion for building company cultures that are transparent, productive, and safe for all team members, according to the search firm. He brings more than a decade of marketing and communications experience across multiple high-growth technology companies, including three different unicorns based in the Silicon Slopes. Prior to Hanold Associates, Mr. Watson served as director of communications for InMoment, a B2B tech company in the customer and employee experience space.

Recent Search

Hanold Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Orlando Ashford as the new chief people officer of Fanatics in New York City. “Orlando is an outstanding person and business leader, who brings an exceptional sense of wisdom, innovation and drive to an already outstanding leadership team,” said Mr. Hanold. “Culture is everything and our success is directly related to our incredible associates based around the world,” said Michael Rubin, CEO of Fanatics. “As we continue to grow and expand, it becomes even more important to double down on organizational development, and I can’t think of a better person to lead this charge than Orlando. His vast experience running HR teams and his CEO level experience, with people and culture being the primary lens for how he’s managed and operated his businesses, will help us further develop our ambitions to build one of the world’s most transformative and exciting brands.”

Related: Hanold Associates Recruits Chief People and Culture Officer for Major League Baseball

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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