January 10, 2022 – Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive is seeking a head of people for Autograph, a leading platform for NFTs co-founded by NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Jason Hanold, Mayank Parikh and Eleanor Tetreault are leading the assignment. “Autograph is rapidly growing, bringing a unique and innovative platform to a revolutionary new market that is quickly becoming an integral part of Web 3.0,” said Hanold Associates. “To ensure the creation of the best possible company and culture, Autograph’s first head of people will create long-term people strategies to support the company’s growth.”
Autograph brings together iconic brands and legendary names in sports, entertainment, and culture to create digital collections and experiences such as one-of-a-kind signed editions and access to exclusive content, said the search firm. Autograph works with renowned names like Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, Simone Biles, Tony Hawk, The Weekend and others. With a partnership with DraftKings and the support of a board of directors with leaders from entertainment, tech and media, Autograph is looking to become a key player in this new and fast-evolving industry. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, the company has more than 60 employees and expects to surpass 100 within the next few months.
Respected HR Consultants
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, Patagonia, 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Parikh focuses on recruiting world-class HR leadership talent to organizations undergoing significant transformations. He’s held progressive roles within the firm, having first joined the firm as a summer intern while a student at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Hanold Associates, he interned for Mission Measurement, a consulting firm that specializes in advisory for non-profits and corporate social responsibility departments at major companies. Before that, he was a research fellow for the Institute for Policy Research where he worked on one of the world’s premiere early childhood education studies.
Ms. Tetreault is an associate at Hanold Associates. She focuses on recruiting HR talent and diversity, equity and inclusion leaders across industries and geographies. Prior to joining Hanold Associates, she worked as an admissions fellow at Kenyon College where she interviewed and assessed prospective students, presented at information sessions, and organized visit days and events. Ms. Tetreault received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology from Kenyon.
TB12 Director Roles
Hanold Associates has also recently worked to fill board positions for TB12, the fitness and wellness organization co-founded by Mr. Brady. The new board members will play a critical role in supporting the company and its executives “through growth to greatness,” said the search firm. Directors will be crucial in advising and shaping this original service business into an organization that positively impacts more people, transforming the well-being and lives of TB12’s clients.
The new directors will be expected to examine, analyze, and advise the leadership of theTB12 organization on a range of topics regarding the business, supporting the vision of the founders to help clients achieve a better sense of well-being and ultimately feel their best and live happier lives, said Hanold Associates. They will also support the development and execution of a comprehensive game plan for the company and align with the founders on a wholistic approach to company offerings, including services, products, locations, merchandising, global growth and continued thought contributions to the broader fitness and well-being industry.
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