Pregis Appoints Chief People Officer From Search Led by Hanold Associates


Warburg-Pincus backed Pregis has appointed Sara Harris as Chief People Officer. Ms. Harris will be based at the Pregis headquarters in the greater Chicago area. Ashley Schiele and Sandra Peña led the search.

Ms. Harris was previously with Vertiv as the Vice President of Human Resources, Americas.

As Chief People Officer with Pregis, Ms. Harris will report to the CEO and act as a key member of the Pregis leadership team. She will be responsible for developing and executing Human Resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Areas of focus will include organizational development, change management, mergers and acquisitions, talent management, organizational and performance management, training and development, employee relations, risk management, labor negotiations, benefits, compensation and payroll.

‘Sara is a tremendously talented HR leader and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Pregis.  She has a heart of gold and will be a great addition to the awesome culture Kevin and his team have created,’ said Ashley Schiele, partner at Hanold Associates.

Pregis LLC is a leading manufacturer, marketer and supplier of innovative protective packaging products and solutions to a variety of industries. The company’s broad product offerings provide protection to meet customer needs in three segments: inside the box, surface protection and mailing and bagging solutions.

Pregis currently employs 2,300 employees in 24+ North American facilities and additional manufacturing operations across Europe. The company was recently acquired by Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm that has been investing since 1966. With more than $65B in assets under management, Warburg Pincus is focused on globally integrated partnerships and long-term investments. The investment from Warburg has aligned perfectly with the growth trajectory of Pregis—the company has doubled revenue to more than $700M and more than doubled profit to approximately $130M in the last five years.

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, 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, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Ford Motor Company, among others.