Robertshaw Appoints Chief HR Officer from Search by Hanold Associates


CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2020) ― Robertshaw, an innovative product design and manufacturing company owned by One Rock Capital Partners, has appointed James Valdez as its new Chief Human Resources Officer. Hanold Associates’ Sonia Nagra and Sandra Peña led the search for this Greater Chicago area role.

Reporting directly to the CEO of Robertshaw, Valdez will be responsible for all HR matters throughout the organization, leading a team of regional leaders in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. James Valdez comes to Robertshaw from CBRE, a commercial real estate and investment firm, where he led the human resources function. Prior to CBRE he served in various HR capacities at AES and PepsiCo.

 “James is an outstanding HR leader who has a great blend of leadership, business acumen and experience with transformation through talent,” said Hanold Partner, Sonia Nagra. “We are excited to see the positive impact James will have across the organization as he serves as a thought partner to CEO Mark Balcunas.”

Headquartered near Chicago, Robertshaw operates globally, with 12 plants and 3 engineering centers across 14 different countries and has a headcount of more than 6,300 employees. The company designs and manufactures critical components and control systems for cooking, laundry, dishwashing, heating, refrigeration and transportation products.

In 2018, One Rock Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, acquired Robertshaw. One Rock specializes in growing middle-market companies in North America through operational and strategic excellence, and it is focused on acquisitions in the chemical, specialty manufacturing, food, auto, retail and business service sectors. The firm manages around $3.1 billion of committed capital across three flagship funds and currently has more than 15 portfolio companies.

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 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.