King’s Hawaiian Retains Hanold Associates for Head of Talent Acquisition Search

King's Hawaiian

King’s Hawaiian has retained Hanold Associates for their Head of Talent Acquisition search based in the Los Angeles area. Sonia Nagra, Mayank Parikh and Sandra Peña are leading the search.

King’s Hawaiian is a family-owned bakery best known for its iconic Hawaiian bread. The company was originally founded in the 1950s as Robert’s Bakery in Hilo, Hawaii, on the Big Island. After local success with its bread, which came to be known as King’s Hawaiian Bread, the company expanded in 1963, moving to Honolulu and renaming itself King’s Bakery. After tourists began mailing enough Hawaiian bread back to the mainland to make it the largest customer of the USPS in Hawaii, in 1977, the company opened a new factory in Torrance, California.

The company’s mission is to “deliver irresistible Hawaiian food with aloha spirit that families enjoy every day, everywhere.” Since the inception of its first strategic plan in 2006, King’s Hawaiian has increased its size tenfold and its distribution has expanded to a total of 16 countries. Due to the company’s strong financial position, strategic investments and visionary leadership, plans to further expand its brand, products and consumer experience through innovation and strategic acquisitions are underway.

Reporting to the interim Chief People Officer of King’s Hawaiian, Amy Hirsh Robinson, the Head of Talent Acquisition (TA) will lead all recruiting, branding and TA analytics efforts for the company. Overseeing a team of five split across two locations, California and Georgia, this leader will drive the King’s Hawaiian People Strategy by serving as the face of the organization’s recruiting efforts (manufacturing and corporate staff) and a strategic partner to the business.

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, Dick’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Hillrom, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, CNA Insurance, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW, Nike, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Ford Motor Company, among others.