Uber Picks Hanold Associates for Head of Talent Acquisition Search

December 11, 2019 – Following a record-breaking year of recruiting top HR leadership into some of the best well-known brands across industry, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has been chosen to lead Uber’s search for a head of talent acquisition in its Advance Technology Groups unit. Ashley Schiele and Mayank Parikh are spearheading the assignment. The position is based in Pittsburgh, PA.

The head of talent acquisition role is the head of recruiting for Uber ATG. The ATG division is highly independent and has its own CEO and leadership team. The role reports to Adelia Curtis Duarte, who supports Uber’s recruiting efforts across all emerging technology as the head of recruiting for emerging technologies. The head of talent acquisition will lead a distributed team of dedicated talent acquisition professionals to further meet ATG’s needs as it scales and builds the technologies of the future.

Hanold Associates is looking for someone with a proven track record of hiring, developing and deploying top talent at all levels and an equal ability to consistently top-grade the organization while simultaneously reducing costs and cycle times. They should have excellent command of data and analytics and proven success in data-driven organizations. In addition, the winning candidate must understand the process of attracting and retaining the brightest minds from all backgrounds, while cultivating the power of a diverse organization. The search firm points out that he or she demonstrates a primary, intense concern for leading and motivating others. In addition, they must be able to inspire and energize others to support Uber’s vision.

Uber, founded in 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, has become one of the most valued venture-backed private companies in the world. Its estimated valuation of $41.2 billion is second only to that of China’s smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. Uber operates in countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It has received $1.8 billion in funding from Goldman Sachs and Google Ventures.

At its Advanced Technologies Group, Uber is building technologies that the company hopes will transform the way the world moves. Teams in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto are dedicated to mapping, software and hardware development, vehicle safety and operations for self-driving technology. Uber is strongly focused on developing a self-driving system that will one day move people and things around more safely, efficiently and cost effectively.

HR Recruiting Veterans

Hanold Associates, based in Evanston, IL, is a boutique search firm specializing in HR officer assignments. Mr. Hanold founded the firm in 2010. In addition to the National Football League, some its more recent searches for top HR leaders include those for Under Armour, Patagonia, Mylan, REI, Vail Resorts, Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Blue Apron, Riddell, CDW, Laureate Education, Moderna Therapeutics, IT Cosmetics, Hanna Andersson, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Remitly, Carnival Corporation, Fossil, Marvin Windows & Doors, Outward Bound, Ferrara Candy, Foundation Medicine, Griffith Foods and Booking.com, lubCorp, Delta Defense, Western Dental, Heartland Dental and Sportsman’s Warehouse, among many others.


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With an advanced degree in organizational psychology, Ms. Schiele leverages both organizational dynamics and skill assessment to help 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. In this role, she was a full life-cycle recruiter, developing and maintaining long-term relationships with candidates and clients. Ms. Schiele has recruited candidates across industries and functions including, but not limited to, manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, IT, sales and marketing.

Mr. Parikh is focused on recruiting excellence across the human resources function. He first joined the firm as a summer intern and returned full-time after graduating from 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.

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

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