Accord Financial Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search Led by Hanold Associates

Accord Financial

Accord Financial appointed Cathy Osborne as their Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) based in Chicago. Hanold Associates’ Sandra Pena and Sonia Nagra led the search.

Cathy Osborne joins Accord Financial from Leopardo Construction Company where she was the Vice President, Human Resources. At Accord, Ms. Osborne will report directly to President and CEO of Accord Financial, Simon Hitzig, who sits in Toronto. As Accord continues through a period of rapid growth, she will lead all HR functions, shape the culture and develop HR infrastructure as well as serve as a key member of the leadership team.

“Cathy is an outstanding leader who brings a wealth of experience leading HR across a diverse set of industries. Cathy possesses the ideal blend of leadership traits and experiences for the role and will be instrumental in shaping the culture and driving the business strategy forward,” said Sandra Pena, who led the search with Hanold Associates.

Accord Financial is one of North America’s leading independent finance companies and offers a complete spectrum of financing solutions for small and medium-sized companies including asset-based lending, equipment financing, credit protection, supply chain finance, small business finance and media finance. Accord was founded in 1978 and went public in 1992 after several acquisitions. Headquartered in Toronto, the company has six operating units and 100 employees dispersed among offices in Toronto; Vancouver; Montreal; Chicago; Santa Monica, California and Greenville, South Carolina.

Hanold Associates is a retained executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include the National Football League, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Kellogg, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, CNA Insurance, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW, Nike, and Ford Motor Company, among others.