Big Ten Conference Retains Hanold Associates for Chief People & Culture Officer Search

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The Big Ten Conference and Commissioner, Kevin Warren, have retained Hanold Associates for their Chief People & Culture Officer search. Jason Hanold, Lisa Butkus and Mayank Parikh are leading the Chicago-based search.

The Chief People and Culture Officer will oversee all aspects of the People function and human capital aspects of the organization. This leader will report directly to the Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, Kevin Warren, partnering on all people and culture strategies and shaping the broader organization. This 125-year-old sporting institution must become more sophisticated, agile and efficient as it evolves, and this key leadership role will have a profound impact on the cornerstone goals of the Big Ten: empowering athletes, winning the hearts of fans, creating a stable financial position and building relationships with Big Ten Conference constituents. The business operations of the Big Ten are headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The organization has about 60 employees, with a 5-person office in New York City.

The Big Ten is a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, on and off the field. The conference has a history of more than 125 years, starting in Jan 1895 when leaders from universities developed an organized set of principles for the regulation of intercollegiate athletics. Officially incorporated as the Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1905, the organization was first referred to as the “Big Ten” by the media in 1917, and that name was eventually incorporated in 1987.

Throughout its history, the organization has pioneered rules for college athletics including eligibility, the primacy of academics and revenue sharing. Today, the Big Ten comprises 14 member schools across two divisions, as well as two associate members. Member schools range from Nebraska to New Jersey across the northern United States and have a combined enrollment of more than half a million students. These schools compete in up to 28 official conference sports, 14 each for men and women. Big Ten programs have combined to win more than 450 team and 1800 individual national championships.

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 the National Football League, Zoom, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, The New York Times, Tom Brady’s TB12, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Dick’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, SC Johnson, eBay, Moderna, Hillrom, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, ClubCorp, Nike, Abercrombie & Fitch, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Ford Motor Company, among others.