Hanold Associates recruited Michael Goldwasser as the chief human resources officer of Ferrara Candy Company. Mr. Goldwasser will report to Todd Siwak, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrara and provide leadership and strategic management while ensuring execution of the company’s vision in all human resources activities. He’ll be located at the company’s Chicago-area headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace.
Neela Seenandan, co-managing partner at Hanold Associates, led the search and said, “Mike has a terrific background across all areas of HR, and his recent experience as CHRO of Orbitz makes him a perfect fit for the role at Ferrara.”
Mr. Goldwasser was previously chief human resources officer at Orbitz Worldwide where he drove multiple strategic initiatives, improved employee engagement and retention, redesigned retirement investment options for employees and guided the HR team and organization through an acquisition.
Ferrara Candy Company, a Catterton Partners private equity portfolio company, is the number one non-chocolate candy maker in the country. Originally a family-owned business, Ferrara has evolved into a booming, confectionary powerhouse after its merger with Farley and Sathers. The combined talents of these two companies helped create a stronger, more thriving business. Lemonhead, Now & Later and Brach’s are among some of their brand names/product lines.
Headquartered in Chicago, Hanold Associates is a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in HR officer assignments and serving clients such as Patagonia, Riddell, REI, Nike, eBay, Northwestern, Fossil, Carnival Corporation, Outward Bound and Vail Resorts.