Harris Associates appoints Chief HR Officer from Search Led by Hanold Associates


Harris Associates has appointed Erin Yarnall as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), based in Chicago. Hanold Associates’ Kile Hanold and Ashley Schiele led the search.

Erin Yarnall comes to Harris Associates from leadership positions at Cars.com and Achievement Asset Management, LLC. As CHRO at Harris Associates, Ms. Yarnall will oversee management of its most important asset – its people. Reporting to the President, she will work closely with the executive leadership team and operating committee to lead all Human Resources activities to align and scale a proactive and strategic HR function to meet the ongoing growth demands of the business. Leading a team of six HR professionals and four office service professionals, she will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing human resources best practices, while maintaining high talent, engagement, performance and culture goals.

“We’re excited to see Erin flourish in this role,” said Kile Hanold, Partner on the search. “With immediately leverageable experience, Erin has the poise and Talent savvy to drive contemporary HR initiatives throughout Harris Associates.”

Harris Associates, founded in 1976, creates and manages a wide range of investment portfolios for individuals and institutions worldwide. The company also serves as an advisor to the Oakmark Funds, a mutual fund family established in 1991 for individuals and families, institutions and financial professionals.

Harris Associates currently has around $120 billion in assets under management and serves a growing roster of global clients. It is owned by Natixis Investment Managers, a French financial firm, but still maintains autonomy over its operations. The organization has nearly 200 employees and operates out of its headquarters in the Chicago Loop.

Hanold Associates is the leading retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers. 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, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, CNA Insurance, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW, Nike and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, among others.