Hanold Associates has been tapped to lead the search for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) Chief Human Resources Officer based at REI headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Jason Hanold will lead the search on behalf of Hanold Associates.
REI began in 1938 as a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies and is now the nation’s largest consumer cooperative. They sell outdoor recreation gear, sporting goods and design their own line of award-winning brand gear and clothing. They have approximately 12,000 employees with revenues in excess of $2.2B, operating across 140 stores in 33 states, with nearly 6 million members.
With a passion for conservation as well as the outdoors, REI donates millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide and sends dedicated teams of volunteers—members, customers and REI employees—to build trails, clean up beaches and restore local habitats.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Stritzke, REI’s Chief Human Resources Officer will be a member of REI’s executive leadership team and responsible for the people strategies and vision while driving enhanced levels of employee engagement across the organization.
Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates is a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in HR officer assignments and serving clients such as Patagonia, Riddell, Nike, eBay, Northwestern, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Outward Bound and Vail Resorts.