June 4, 2015 – 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 with developing initiatives to support Patagonia’s nearly 2,000 employees worldwide in carrying out their mission.
Mr. Carter brings a wealth of global HR and business leadership to Patagonia. In his most recent role as CHRO with Sears Holdings, he supported more than 220,000 employees in the U.S. and Asia and partnered directly with more than 30 business unit presidents. He also was chairman of the Sears, Roebuck & Co Foundation.
“Patagonia has an amazing culture, a charitable ethos, and a stellar and passionate leadership team. Dean embodies those characteristics,” said Mr. Hanold. “Describing Dean’s authenticity, transparency, grit and giving nature is how one would describe Patagonia’s culture.”
For nine years, Mr. Carter was the top HR officer at Fossil, Inc. where he served as the CHRO and supported over 8,000 employees across 23 countries during a period of significant global expansion.
Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Ventura, CA-based Patagonia designs and markets clothing and accessories to mountain climbers, skiers, surfers, as well as other sports enthusiasts and environmentalists. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to environmental activism, contributing over $56 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.
Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates is a boutique executive search firm specializing in HR officer assignments and serving clients such as Patagonia, Nike, eBay, Heinz, Carnival Corporation and Vail Resorts.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media