Hanold Associates Strengthens Human Resources Recruiting Team

September 26, 2019 – Hanold Associates has expanded with the addition of Lisa Butkus as a partner based in Chicago. She specializes in recruiting executive level HR leaders across industries, and with a core focus on fashion, luxury brands, retail merchandise and the broader consumer industry.

“Lisa Butkus is an outstanding addition to our firm,” said Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm. “With her experience with Luxury Brands and retail as a merchant, buyer and multiple-year participant in Fashion Week, she brings a wealth of expertise to the broader consumer sector, both within the HR function and beyond.”

“We have more clients asking for our rigorous execution and assessment lens beyond HR,’ he said. “Lisa is already immediately contributing towards expanding our scope.”

Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Ms. Butkus was a search consultant with a global executive search AccountTemps based in Chicago. She received a Chairman’s Club award in 2018 and was ranked third internationally for her division. Previously, she spent six years in luxury retail. As a buyer out of MaxMara’s New York office, she oversaw the North American business for Bloomingdale’s and Holt Renfrow stores.

Ms. Butkus also spent time in MaxMara’s Italian headquarters in Reggio Emilia with the in-house design team to determine merchandising needs for the North American market. Before that, she was a buyer for ikram LLC. She attended Paris and New York Fashion Week curating the assortment from luxury brands such as Chanel, Valentino, Gucci and other international fashion brands. Ms. Butkus graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Merchandising.

Veteran Recruiters

Hanold Associates, based in Evanston, IL, is a boutique search firm specializing in HR officer assignments. Mr. Hanold founded the firm in 2010. Its clients include Patagonia, Nike, the NFL, eBay, Cummins, Kohler, REI, Google, Riddell, Fossil, Carnival Corp., the UFCBlue Apron, Amazon, Under ArmourLas 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, to name a few. A majority of the firm’s work is conducted on behalf of private equity concerns.


Hanold Associates Fills Key Post for the NFL

With the National Football League kicking off its 100th season, Hanold Associates recently placed Corey Harrison as the new senior vice president of executive operations for the office of the commissioner, Roger Goodell. Mr. Harrison will report to the league’s chief operating officer, Maryann Turcke. Jason Hanold, CEO and co-managing partner of the search firm, led the assignment.

“We were looking for talented leaders who were agile, adaptive, with high IQ and EQ who could help drive critical initiatives and key priorities for the commissioner and the league office,” said Mr. Hanold. “In partnering with Maryann Turcke, you learn that she is more about identifying great talent, and then leveraging those talents where needed most in the organization, rather than building a position description, and then finding the talent to fit within that box or framed confine. She has an incredible eye for the potential and capacity of talent.”


Mr. Hanold founded his 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 is also at the end stages of a chief human resources officer search it is leading for the NFL. “The NFL is continuing to transform and elevate the caliber of talent at all levels,” Mr. Hanold said. “The league needs a seasoned HR leader who is accustomed to driving tough conversations, and can balance their strategic perspective with an analytical capability and the ability to execute – all this while they continue to build the requisite infrastructure to support a significant transformation. Specific industry experience is less critical than the leadership characteristics required to be credible with and influential to an incredibly accomplished stakeholder group, including the 32 club owners,” he added.

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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