Hanold Associates recruited Russ Nykaza as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for ATI Physical Therapy. Ashley Schiele and Mayank Parikh led the search for the role based in Chicago, Illinois.
ATI is the premier nationally-recognized rehabilitation provider specializing in research-based physical therapy, workers’ compensation rehab, employer worksite solutions, sports medicine, home health and a variety of specialty therapies. As the best-in-class provider of outpatient rehabilitation, ATI provides exceptional, patient-centered care, trusted expertise and remarkable outcomes to its customers. ATI’s goal is to exceed customers’ expectations—every day, in every clinic.
Founded in 1996, ATI began with one clinic in Willowbrook, Illinois, and has grown its progressive, innovative approach to reach hundreds of clinics across the United States. The company is now the largest physical therapy company under one brand name in the United States. Leading the industry, ATI has built a differentiated platform in therapy that is focused on patients.
In 2016, ATI commenced its relationship with Advent International (Advent). Advent is one of the world’s largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested $30B in more than 300 private equity transactions in 40 countries. With offices on four continents, Advent has established a globally-integrated team of investment professionals. With its portfolio investments, Advent focuses on value creation by keying on transformative investments, in people and technology, which yield game-changing results.
Mr. Nykaza will report to the Chief Human Resources Officer and will oversee a combined corporate and clinic-focused staff of 23 team members. He will develop and drive a game-changing recruiting function for ATI Physical Therapy. Mr. Nykaza will serve as a key talent partner to ATI leadership and be responsible for advising, challenging and working complex scenarios with business leaders.
“Russ is an exceptional talent executive and all-around great person. His broader HR background gives him a unique, big picture view of talent acquisition. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed success in both large and small organizations because of his ability to build strong relationships and his business-centric approach. Russ will be a wonderful addition to ATI Physical Therapy,” said Ashley Schiele who co-led the search with Mayank Parikh.