PE-backed Cynosure Appoints Chief People Officer from Search by Hanold Associates


CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2021) ― Cynosure, a leader in energy-based aesthetic and medical treatments backed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, has appointed Kellie Teal-Guess as Chief People Officer. Hanold Associates’ Lisa Butkus and Katrina Prospero led the search for this role based in the Greater Boston area.

Teal-Guess comes to Cynosure from CyrusOne, where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. As the Chief People Officer of Cynosure, she will be the key leader of all HR operations throughout the organization, establishing and delivering a strategy that supports the business, employees and the overall culture. Reporting directly to CEO Todd Tillemans and serving as a close partner to the senior leadership team and Board of Directors, Teal-Guess will provide a people lens on business operations. She will also oversee and develop the growing HR team with a focus on creating a more strategic function, transforming skill sets and culture to best serve the company’s mission and growth aspirations.

“Kellie’s experience as a Global CPO in fast-paced, scaling organizations will make her a strong asset to the Executive Leadership Team at Cynosure,” said Lisa Butkus, Partner at Hanold Associates. “Her authenticity and spirit add to her exceptional leadership skills, along with her ability to create a dynamic and inclusive culture. We’re excited to see the partnership and contribution she will have alongside CEO Todd Tillemans.”

Cynosure is a market leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of energy-based aesthetic and medical treatment systems. Its products are used in a wide range of treatment applications, including skin revitalization, scar reduction, body contouring, hair removal, women’s health, and more. Headquartered outside of Boston, Massachusetts, in Westford, Cynosure has global operations with sales offices in 15 countries. Its products are sold under the Cynosure, Palomar, ConBio and Ellman brand names through 130+ distribution channels.

On the path towards an initial public offering, Cynosure has more than 25 years of experience and a history of innovation in the field of medical and surgical devices. The company has grown into a market leader both organically and through acquisitions, including ConBio and Palomar Medical Technologies. It is owned by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the second oldest private equity firm in the world. With this investment capacity and the strong tailwinds of a growing market, Cynosure intends to be the undisputed global leader of consumer aesthetics, constantly disrupting with science-based solutions that delight consumers and practitioners through unprecedented efficacy.

About Hanold Associates

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 Abercrombie & Fitch, Allstate, American Airlines, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Biogen, Blackstone, Carnival Corp., ClubCorp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Electronic Arts, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Fossil, Gucci, Kellogg, Kohler, L Catterton, Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball, McDonald’s, Moderna, National Football League, The New York Times, Nike, Northwestern University, Patagonia, REI, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, SC Johnson, Tom Brady’s TB12, TPG, Under Armour, Vail Resorts, Wikimedia and Zoom, among others.