Lisa Butkus Yae

Managing Partner of the Retail & Luxury Goods Practice

Lisa is Managing Partner and Head of Hanold Associates’ Retail and Luxury Goods Practice. 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.

Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Lisa was a search consultant with a global executive search and staffing firm, and she specialized in human resources and office administration recruitment. She received a Chairman’s Club award in 2018 and was ranked #3 internationally for her division.

Previously, Lisa spent six years in luxury retail in merchandising roles. As a buyer out of MaxMara’s New York office, she oversaw the North American business for Bloomingdale’s and Holt Renfrow stores. She 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.

Following that, Lisa 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.

Lisa graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Merchandising. She studied abroad in London, England.

Lisa lives in Chicago and continues to stay connected to the retail industry and is a member of the Center for Innovation Advisory Council for the Merchandising program at Indiana University.