Hanold Associates Tapped to Lead Search for UFC’s CHRO

Hanold Associates has been tapped to lead the search for Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Chief Human Resources Officer, based at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Started in 1993 as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is now the fastest growing sports organization in the world. UFC has revolutionized the fight business, and today, stands as the world’s leading MMA promoter offering the premier series of MMA sports events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe.

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, UFC has headquarters in Las Vegas and offices in London, Toronto and Singapore. They produce more than 40 live events annually and are the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world, broadcast in over 129 countries and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages.

The Chief HR Officer is a newly created position and will be an important member of UFC’s leadership team with a vision for prioritizing people as a crucial strategy for market growth and differentiation. They will be accountable for leadership and management of the talent strategies and HR function in alignment with the long-range vision and goals for 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, Nike, eBay, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Outward Bound and Vail Resorts.

Jason Hanold and Michael Leming are leading the search. Michael has joined forces with Hanold Associates from Nike where over the past 15 years he led the recruiting efforts at the most senior levels of the organization.