Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO of THOR Industries

April 3, 2024 – CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk-taking, and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets, be adaptable and agile, and gain hands-on learning from working through real life situations and acquiring knowledge across disciplines and industries. Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search recently recruited Michele McDermott as chief human resources officer of THOR Industries, Inc. in Elkhart, IN. Lisa YaeSarah Kennedy-Sulahry, and Meg McElroy led the search.

“We are pleased to welcome Michele to THOR,” said Bob Martin, president and CEO of THOR. “She will be instrumental in further driving our high-performing culture and elevating our organizational effectiveness. Michele brings a proven track record of success in working with large-scale businesses to build, retain and engage a diverse workforce.”

Ms. McDermott brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources leadership with large-scale, global enterprises and publicly traded companies. Most recently, she served as executive vice president and CHRO of Hub Group. Her previous leadership roles include positions of increasing responsibility at Assurance, National Express Group and United Service Companies.

In this role with THOR, Ms. McDermott will be responsible for the company’s human resources strategy and operations; talent management; inclusion; safety; and compensation and benefits. She will join the executive leadership team reporting to Mr. Martin.

THOR Industries is the largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles (RVs) in the world with a portfolio of companies including Airstream, Jayco, Dutchmen, Keystone, CrossRoads and Tiffin, among others. It a total of over 400 facilities in six countries and 11 U.S. states. THOR and its operating companies employ ~25,000 employees worldwide.

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.

Related: Hanold Associates Recruits SVP of HR and Diversity for New York Giants

Jason Hanold, CEO and managing partner, founded the search firm in 2010. Previously, he served as a managing director with Russell Reynolds Associates, where he led the firm’s global human resources officer practice and was a member of the board of directors and CEO practices. Before that he held talent and recruiting positions with Whirlpool, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, and State Farm.

Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Phillips 66
Jason Hanold, Sarah Kennedy, Katrina Maione, and Eleanor Tetreault of Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search have assisted in the recruitment of Andrez Carberry as senior vice president and chief human resources officer to Phillips 66, a Houston, TX-based diversified energy company. “We are excited to have Andrez join Phillips 66 at such an important time for our company,” said Mark Lashier, president and CEO of Phillips 66. “Andrez has had a strong career rooted in values and mission-driven work, much like Phillips 66.”

Ms. Yae is managing partner of the retail and luxury goods practice at Hanold Associates. She specializes in recruiting executive level HR leaders across industries, with a core focus on fashion, luxury brands, retail merchandise, and the broader consumer industry.

Ms. Kennedy-Sulahry is a partner with Hanold Associates specializing in recruiting HR executives and diversity and inclusion officers with a passion for non-profit, mission-driven and philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining Hanold Associates, she worked as a corps member with Teach For America and taught in a head start preschool classroom in the West Englewood community of Chicago.

Ms. McElroy is an associate with Hanold Associates and focuses on recruiting human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders across multiple industries and functions. Previously, she was director of recruitment and selection for Northwestern Mutual. There, she grew from developing and expanding the organization’s campus program to recruiting full-time professionals in the financial services industry.

Related: Hanold Associates Recruits CHRO for Nordstrom

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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