The Big Ten Conference Appoints Chief People & Culture Officer from Search by Hanold Associates

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The Big Ten Conference has appointed Omar Brown as Chief People & Culture Officer. Hanold Associates’ Jason Hanold and Lisa Butkus led the search for this Chicago area-based role.

“Commissioner Kevin Warren is an exceptional leader who is bringing business sophistication to a 125-year-old conference powerhouse,” said Jason Hanold, Managing Partner. “As the new Chief People & Culture Officer, Omar Brown has the capability to help build that sophistication from an HR perspective, while serving as a trusted talent partner to Kevin. He was the first candidate introduced and immediately achieved natural alignment with Kevin and the broader Big Ten leadership team.”

Omar Brown comes to Big Ten from Deloitte where, as a member of the Organization Transformation practice, he led organizational change and improvement for client companies. He will oversee all aspects of the people function and human capital aspects of the organization. Reporting directly to the Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, Kevin Warren, Omar will partner on all people and culture strategies, shaping the broader organization to be more agile and efficient as it evolves. This key leadership role will have a profound impact on the cornerstone goals of Big Ten: empowering athletes, winning the hearts of fans, creating a stable financial position and building relationships with Big Ten constituents.

Big Ten is a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, on and off the field. The conference has a history of more than 125 years. Big Ten programs have combined to win more than 450 team and 1800 individual national championships.

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.