IRI Retains Hanold Associates for Head of Global Total Rewards and Head of HR for North America Searches


Information Resources Inc (IRI) has retained Hanold Associates for their Head of Global Total Rewards and Head of Human Resources, North America searches. Neela Seenandan, Mayank Parikh, Kile Hanold and Katie Traines are leading the searches for these Chicago-based roles.

Founded in 1979 by John Malec and Gerald Eskin, IRI started out gathering point-of-sale data from bar code scanners and used insight to drive marketing and business decisions.  As one of the original innovators in big data, the organization integrates the world’s largest set of otherwise disconnected purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data to help CPG, retail, over-the-counter health care and media companies grow their businesses.

Today, under leadership of CEO Andrew Appel, IRI is a leading technology and services provider in the big data and marketing industry. They are enabling the era of personalization by providing the largest, richest dataset, predictive analytics and predictive models to figure out which consumers want which products. Whether it’s analyzing how to make assortment, pricing and promotions more profitable, tailoring media strategies to likely purchasers of a client’s brand or guiding a client through new product or market planning, these insights allow clients to boost sales in the future and not just explain how consumers behaved in the past.

Reporting to the CHRO, Susan E Bennett, both the Head of Global Total Rewards and the Head of Human Resources, North America will act as a close strategic partner to the leadership team.

The Head of Global Total Rewards will support this high-performance culture by rewarding and attracting top talent, ensuring all compensation and benefit programs align with the strategic goals of the company. Leading a team of 5, this person will be responsible for all planning, design, implementation, maintenance and administration of compensation and benefits programs to maintain the organization’s objectives and competitive position in the marketplace. This leader will also oversee the US HRIS function, ensuring that data and reporting needs across the organization are met.

The Head of Human Resources, North America will oversee a team of Human Resources Business Partners, the Talent Acquisition function, Learning & Development and Organizational Development, for an employee population of roughly 2000, playing a key role in redesigning and strengthening the US HR function. Supporting the growing and changing needs of an evolving business and industry, he/she will play a key role in helping to acquire, manage and retain top talent and develop future leaders.