Alight Solutions Appoints VP HR Operations from Search by Hanold Associates


Alight Solutions has appointed Karen Shand as Vice President of Human Resources Operations. Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin and Kile Hanold led the Lincolnshire, Illinois-based search.

Karen Shand comes to Alight from DuPont where she held various global leadership positions. As the Vice President of HR Operations at Alight, she will be responsible for leading all aspects of HR operations including shared services, HR technology, M&A due diligence and integration, strategy and planning, employee relations and project management. Reporting to and serving as a key partner to the CHRO, Ms. Shand will ensure effective policies are in place in all geographies to promote Alight’s culture and appropriately manage risk.

“Karen brings an abundance of experience to the table from an HR Operations perspective for Alight,” said Kile Hanold, Partner at Hanold Associates. “As the company continues to expand its operations globally under new leadership, Karen will be key in building out HR infrastructure, bringing more contemporary thought and innovation to the function. She will build immediate credibility with senior leadership and I see her assimilating quite well with the team.”

Alight Solutions is a market leader in cloud-based human capital solutions, providing solutions for integrated benefits, payroll and cloud services. Alight partners with clients’ HR, finance and technology teams to improve business operations and employee wellbeing. Solutions range from simple off-the-shelf programs to complex bespoke ones, allowing Alight to provide service to companies of all sizes and across all geographies. Operating for more than 25 years, Alight has the technology and expertise to provide the solutions people seek from their workplace environments more efficiently, flexibly and securely.

Alight is operating in 29 different countries and provides technology and business process outsourcing services to more than 3,250 clients, including around half of the Fortune 500. This pre-IPO company recorded revenues of $2.9 billion in 2019, serves over 23 million people and 11 million of their family members.

Hanold Associates is the leading retained boutique 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, Dick’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Moderna, Hillrom, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, CNA Insurance, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW, Nike, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Ford Motor Company, among others.