PE-backed Springs Window Fashions has tapped Hanold Associates for their Head of HR search. Ashley Schiele, Katrina Prospero and Jason Hanold are leading the search for this Madison, Wisconsin-area role.
Founded in 1939, with the invention of the Badger Drapery Crane, Springs Window Fashions quickly expanded and started manufacturing a variety of products related to blinds, shades, and draperies. Over the years, the company has expanded several times and made numerous acquisitions. Now, with 14 facilities and more than 8,000 employees worldwide, it is the second largest global manufacturer and distributor of window coverings and drapery hardware.
In 2013, the company was purchased by Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco based private equity firm. After their acquisition, Springs Window Fashions began expanding, starting with the acquisition of Horizons Window Fashions in 2014. They added MechoSystems in 2015, SunSetter Products in 2016, and Mariak Patrician in 2017. In June 2018, Golden Gate Capital sold Springs Window Fashions to the private equity firm, AEA Investors and British Columbia Investment (BCI). AEA and BCI have approximately $10B and $146B respectively in assets under management and in a diverse range of markets.
Springs Window Fashions believes in providing every person who touches their brands with The Best Experience, whether it be an end user, designer, or manufacturer. The Best Experience is the company’s central philosophy: everyone working together to make the company something they’re proud of while also adhering to their cultural beliefs of Ensuring Accountability, Driving Engagement, Instilling Trust, and Driving Results. Springs Window Fashions believes that integrity, artistry, and innovation are the watchwords of their brand, guiding decisions and impacting each associate every day. The company strongly upholds wellness, safety, and achievement in every aspect of their work. The company also believes in giving back: since 2005, their associates have built four Habitat for Humanity homes and have donated over one million dollars to help those in need.
Reporting directly to the CEO of Springs Window Fashions, Eric Jungbluth, the Head of HR or Senior Vice President of People, Process, and Culture (PPC) will be a key strategic partner to the executive team and will transform and refine HR operations throughout the organization. This leader will oversee teams of HR professionals in both the US and Mexico and restructure the function to align more closely to the company’s business objectives. As Springs Window Fashions undergoes significant change and transformation in their business, this is an exciting time and entry point for a new leader to join and build the PPC function. With a new leadership team and organizational structure in place, this business-focused HR executive will establish and drive a cohesive culture across the organization, based around ensuring accountability, driving engagement, instilling trust, and driving results. This will be a complex role, with a need for strong business acumen and leadership skills.