Blue Bird Corporation Retains Hanold Associates for Director of HR Search

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CHICAGO (Nov. 13, 2020) – Blue Bird Corporation, the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, has partnered with Hanold Associates on the search for its Director of Human Resources. Kile Hanold and Katrina Prospero are leading the search.

Based in Macon, Georgia, this role will report to Felix Lin, the Vice President of Human Resources & External Affairs. The Director of Human Resources at Blue Bird will be a key leader within the HR function as well as a strategic partner to the functional leaders in the broader organization. The key initiative in this role will be overhauling the existing programs for talent management by developing modern, self-sustaining programs that will empower the ongoing development and engagement of Blue Bird’s employees.

Founded in 1927, the Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD) has nearly a century of history building buses and has contributed to the popularization of both steel body buses as well as the now famous school bus yellow. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications with its propane-powered, electric-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses.

Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. The company has now grown to more than 2,200 employees and had its best financial performance in 10 years in 2019 with revenues of $1.02B.

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 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.