Hanold Associates Seeking CHRO for Myers Industries

April 18, 2019 – Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Recently, Myers Industries retained Hanold Associates to find its next CHRO. Partners Keri Gavin, Kile Hanold and Sonia Nagra are leading the assignment.

“Reporting to Myers Industries’ CEO, David Banyard, the CHRO is a close strategic partner to the leadership team to drive a safe, performance-driven and customer-centric culture across the organization,” said Hanold Associates. “He/she will play a key role in establishing and strengthening the HR function and will be tasked with upgrading the function’s ability to support the growing and changing needs of an evolving business and industry.”

As a culture champion, this leader will be expected to keep the pulse of the organization and help Myers Industries’ leadership team evolve the company, expanding the business while maintaining a focus on operational excellence, the search firm said. Critically, this individual should have a strong field orientation and an innate understanding of how to grow the capacity of talent.

“In this highly visible role, the CHRO will encourage the development of the company and HR team by bringing energy and creativity while building consensus around new ideas and initiatives,” said Hanold Associates. “A crucial early responsibility for this individual is building and developing the HR team to effectively support the business.” To do this, the HR leader will be charged with establishing a strong advisory relationship with the senior leadership team, peers within the HR function, the board and the CEO. This individual must also be energetic, analytical and innovative.

Related: Key Factors in Selecting Your Next CHRO

Established in 1933, Myers Industries has grown from a small storefront distributing tire service supplies into an international manufacturing and distribution enterprise. The company now manufactures a diverse range of polymer products for industrial, agricultural, automotive, commercial and consumer markets. Myers Industries has about 15,000 manufactured products, over 13,500 distributed products and close to 2,000 employees.

Veteran HR Recruiters

Hanold Associates is a boutique search firm specializing in HR officer assignments. Mr. Hanold founded the firm in 2010. Some of Hanold’s more recent CHRO searches include those for Domino’s Pizza, the National Football League, Patagonia, REI, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, TPG, Marvin Companies, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Heinz, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Silicon Valley Bank, T. Rowe Price, Wikimedia, Cargill, CNA Financial, Cummins, Tyson, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, ClubCorp, Foundation Medicine, Deckers Outdoors (Ugg and Teva), CDW, Oaktree Capital and Nike, among others.


Why the Partnership with Chief Human Resource Officers Matters

Anyone with the ties to the human resources function knows how much it has evolved in recent years – and with it the role of the chief human resources officer. The biggest shift seen is in how the CHRO has progressed from fighting for a seat at the table to playing a key role on the executive team. According to executive recruiters who ply their trade placing some of the best ones in the field, a great CHRO can be one of the most vital strategic human assets a company can have – closely partnering with the CEO and CFO.

In addition, following a record-breaking year of recruiting top HR leadership into some of the best well-known brands across industry, Hanold Associates has just been tapped by the National Football League to lead its search for a new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Jason Hanold, CEO and managing partner of the Chicago-based recruiting outfit that bears his name, is leading the assignment which kicked off just days before Super Bowl LIII. Here’s some further reading from Hunt Scanlon Media.


Ms. Gavin is focused on recruiting HR leaders in talent acquisition, organizational development, talent management, operations and total rewards. Her signature strength is said to be her relationship-building skills. She was previously director of host relations and customized training for Ragan Communications. There, she fostered relationships with communications leaders at Fortune 500 companies to secure event partnerships.

Mr. Hanold focuses on recruiting and building out the team of direct reports to HR officers including talent acquisition, talent management and total rewards leaders. He brings a fresh perspective and thoughtful approach to executive search for Hanold Associates. Among other jobs, Mr. Hanold was previously with Federal Program Management, a consulting firm that specializes in federal government contracts.

Ms. Nagra focuses on recruiting HR talent across various functions and industries. She brings years of diverse experience leveraging her organizational and relationship building skills to help recruit premier HR leaders. Before joining Hanold Associates last year, Ms. Nagra was a senior HR and operations administrator for Axxiome Group, a financial services IT consulting firm based in Europe.

Related: An Up-Close Look at the Transformational Role of the CHRO

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

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