September 9, 2015 – Executive search firm Hanold Associates has recruited David Staels as chief human resource officer (CHRO) of Video Equipment Rentals. In his new role, Mr. Staels will report to VER’s CEO Steve Hankin, who is credited with coining the term ‘war for talent.’
Serving as a key member of VER’s leadership team, Mr. Staels will be accountable for all HR activities, including building a sustainable infrastructure and organizational capability. Mr. Staels will also partner with senior leaders to provide consultative HR support and counsel, align business needs to drive the human capital strategy and determine how to best use the company’s talent base to innovate and support its business objectives.
According to Jason Hanold who led the search on behalf of Hanold Associates, “David is an outstanding cultural fit for VER, which is a growing, client-centric, fast-paced and fun organization. Steve is a highly accomplished CEO with a strong operations focus. Steve and David are already forging a strong partnership.”
Mr. Staels brings a wealth of experience to Video Equipment Rentals. His most recent role was senior director of human resources at Hot Topic, a 900-store and 10,000-employee specialty retailer. Prior to that, he served as vice president of HR for Teavana where he was responsible for developing and implementing human resource strategies to support the aggressive growth the organization was experiencing.
Video Equipment Rentals, a Catterton Portfolio company, is a global equipment rental and solutions company for the live event, sports, TV/film and corporate market. The company has 1,500 employees and 29 offices located in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Hanold Associates has recently recruited top CHRO’s for outdoor apparel company Patagonia, CPI Card Group, Friedman Operating Group and NYC Outward Bound Schools. The firm recently launched a CHRO search for Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates specializes in HR officer assignments and serves clients including Nike, eBay, Heinz, Ferrara Candy Company, Carnival Corporation and Vail Resorts.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media