Hanold Associates Seeks VP of Talent Acquisition

September 28, 2018 – Talent acquisition has always been an important part of the hiring strategies and recruitment practices for any organization. But in the last few years, it’s become more critical than ever.

Chicago-based Hanold Associates has recently been selected by US Foods to lead its search for a new vice president of talent acquisition.

Partners Katie Wolf and Ashley Schiele are leading the assignment.

Reporting to the chief human resources officer (CHRO) David Works, the VP of talent acquisition will oversee all of recruitment efforts enterprise-wide and manage all relationships with external partners. “They will be responsible for developing and driving a game-changing recruiting function for US Foods corporate and field,” the search firm said.

In addition, this role will oversee and implement a centralized recruiting model for hourly recruiting in their 70 distribution centers. This “critical role will be a strong, contributing member of the HR leadership team and must be innately comfortable advising, challenging and working through complex scenarios with HR peers and business leaders,” said Hanold Associates.


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US Foods is a Rosemount, IL-headquartered food company and a leading food-service distributor, marketing and distributing fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to food-service customers throughout the U.S. With over 25,000 employees and maintaining 75 primary operating facilities—consisting of its 60 distribution centers—and a fleet of over 6,000 trucks, US Foods generates more than $24 billion in annual revenue.

HR Specialists

Hanold Associates is a boutique search firm specializing in HR officer assignments, serving clients such as Patagonia, Nike, eBay, Cummins, Kohler, REI, Google, Riddell, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, the UFC, Blue Apron, Amazon, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Vail Resorts, Abbott, Biogen, Great Place to Work, Electronic Arts, Godiva, Fiat-Chrysler, Bridgestone, Northwestern University, Heinz, Warburg Pincus, Medtronic, Zurich, Wikipedia, T. Rowe Price and SC Johnson, among others.

Following a record-breaking year of human resources searches at all levels, Hanold Associates recently placed HR leaders at Mylan, Remitly and Visteon. In addition, the firm is seeking top HR executives for McCaffery Interests, Magid Glove & Safety, Synergy Flavors, REZ-1, Travelzoo and Charter NEX Films.


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Ms. Wolf focuses on the recruitment of HR professionals across industries including learning and development, talent management, HRBP, total rewards, talent acquisition, organizational development and diversity and inclusion. Previously, she was a talent acquisition consultant for Grainger overseeing all human resources searches for the organization. In this role, she was a full life-cycle recruiter, identifying diverse talent for corporate, international and field locations.

With an advanced degree in organizational psychology, Ms. Schiele leverages both organizational dynamics and skill assessment in order to identify and recruit key talent. Before joining Hanold Associates, she worked as an account manager/recruiter for Kappa Search, a small technical recruiting firm based in Chicago’s West Loop.

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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