Material Retains Hanold Associates for SVP of DE&I Search


Material has retained Hanold Associates for their SVP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion search based in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco or Philadelphia. Keri Gavin, Sandra Peña and Sonia Nagra are leading the search.

A leader in this newly created role will be the key individual tasked with establishing, evolving and leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts across Material. S/he will serve as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team and report directly to CEO, Dave Sackman, while working to create an environment of awareness, acceptance and allyship throughout the company.

Material is a fully integrated marketing services company. It combines data analytics, consumer insights and marketing services to ignite growth for the world’s top B2B and B2C businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to disruptive start-ups. The company offers a full range of marketing services, including strategy, branding, communication, innovation, product development and consumer experience and culture design.

The foundation of Material comes from LRW, a company that has been bringing new approaches to market research since 1973. In the 2000s, LRW took it a step further, combining sophisticated data analytics and deep human understanding to help drive brands. With backing from Tailwind Capital in 2015, LRW began acquiring nine industry leading companies, aiming to expand and improve its offerings. In 2020, these previously separate companies united as Material, a company with the capability to solve end-to-end marketing challenges.

The combined companies are headquartered in Los Angeles, California, but have more than 20 locations around the globe. Material’s more than 1,200 employees, ranging from data scientists to creatives, operate as one team built to do it all.

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers and Board Directors. 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, Zoom, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, The New York Times, Tom Brady’s TB12, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Dick’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, SC Johnson, eBay, Moderna, Hillrom, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, ClubCorp, Nike, Abercrombie & Fitch, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Ford Motor Company, among others.