Art Institute of Chicago Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search by Hanold Associates


The Art Institute of Chicago has appointed Denise Banks as Chief HR Officer. Hanold Associates’ Katrina Maione and Sarah Kennedy led the search for this role.

As Chief HR Officer, Denise will lead human resources strategy, including talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, and training and development. In this role, Denise will lead a team of ~20 and report to Alexandra Holt, the EVP for Finance and Administration. Prior to joining AIC, Denise served as Vice President of HR at the Milwaukee Center for Independence.

The Art Institute of Chicago is internationally recognized as having two of the leading fine arts institutions in the United States.  The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as both a museum in 1879 and as a school for the fine arts in 1866. The Museum has over 1.5 million visitors annually coming to see its extraordinary works of art with a permanent collection that has grown to nearly 300,000 works. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design and is consistently ranked among the top graduate fine arts programs in the nation.

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