Hanold Associates recruited Lainie Cooney as Chief Human Resources Officer for Blue Apron.
Blue Apron is an ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service that provides a weekly box of ingredients for home preparation. Since their foundation in 2012, they’ve built three fulfillment centers across the United States with their headquarters in New York City. Expanding on and complementing their meal kit service, Blue Apron expanded into home cooking supplies and a vertically integrated winery.
Ms. Cooney will report directly to Chief Executive Officer, Matt Salzberg, as well as partner with teams in all aspects of talent acquisition. As Chief HR Officer, Ms. Cooney is responsible for developing, implementing and aligning all HR functions with the business objectives. She will also be a cultural ambassador and responsible for championing and evolving an already strong and vibrant culture that’s characterized by a passion for its mission, strong work ethic, high energy, entrepreneurship and business acumen.
Ms. Cooney was most recently the Chief Human Resources Officer for DPI Specialty Foods in Ontario, California.
“Lainie is an exceptional HR leader with terrific experiences to help scale the business and drive the organizational strategy for Blue Apron,” said Jason Hanold, the CEO of Hanold Associates who co-led the search.
“Lainie’s depth of expertise in assessment and strategy creation will help her build a strong and enduring foundation for HR at Blue Apron. Her warmth and style will also help shape their organizational culture going forward,” said Katie Traines, the partner at Hanold Associates who co-led the search.
Hanold Associates is a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting HR leaders, serving clients such as Live Nation Entertainment, Patagonia, REI, Nike, UFC, Hanna Andersson, Electronic Arts, Marvin Companies, Tyson, Fiat-Chrysler, Godiva, eBay, Northwestern University, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Kohler, Northwestern Medicine, Visteon, Cummins and Vail Resorts among others.