A+E Networks Appoints Head of Talent Acquisition & Diversity from Search by Hanold Associates


CHICAGO (Mar. 2, 2021) ― A+E Networks, global media and entertainment brand, has appointed Fang Xu as Vice President, Talent Acquisition & Diversity. Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin, Mayank Parikh and Ashley Schiele led the search for this role based in New York.

Xu is a strategic talent advisor who comes to A+E from Capital One where she served as Vice President, Talent Acquisition. Reporting to A+E Network’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Karen Gray, Xu will sit on the HR leadership team and lead enterprise-wide recruiting and diversity initiatives, working in tandem with senior leaders across the company.

“Fang is an influential leader who will be a transformative addition to A+E Networks’ HR team,” said Keri Gavin, Hanold Partner. “Fang brings a blend of talent acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion experience that will enable A+E to continue to attract and retain key talent into the organization at a crucial time during the company’s growth journey. She will be a trusted advisor to Karen Gray, and we’re excited to see the many successes of their collective efforts.”

A+E Networks is a global media and entertainment brand portfolio that finds, cultivates, illuminates and markets entertainment content to worldwide audiences. The network’s brands include A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, FYI, Viceland and Biography. Found in eight out of ten American homes, the network reaches 335 million people worldwide and has more than 500 million digital users. With a global reach, A+E programming is available in approximately 200 locations and territories. The company’s operations are run from its headquarters in New York City, with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia supporting operations. The network has grown to more than 1,000 employees across those locations.

About Hanold Associates

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers and Board Directors. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Allstate, American Airlines, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., ClubCorp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton, Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, McDonald’s, Moderna, National Football League, The New York Times, Nike, Northwestern University, Patagonia, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, SC Johnson, Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Wikimedia and Zoom, among others.