CEO of SHRM retiring

Society saw record membership under Hank Jackson ​

The leader of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will step down from his role at year’s end.

Henry (Hank) Jackson, 65, has served as president and CEO since 2010, overseeing record growth in membership and services, said the society. During his CEO tenure, the association grew to a record 289,000 members and launched SHRM Certification.

The accredited SHRM-Certified Professional and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional certifications are now held by more than 96,000 HR professionals, according to the society. With Jackson at the helm, the organization added the Council for Global Immigration and HR People + Strategy as affiliates, while also seeing student membership rise to historic levels of 23,000 members, said SHRM.

The HR Competency Model was also created under Jackson’s leadership, supporting HR practitioners in their professional development and helping organizations identify and cultivate high-quality HR leaders.

“Hank Jackson has made lasting contributions to SHRM and the HR profession,” said Coretha Rushing, SHRM’s board chair. “But his work is not over. During his final year, he will continue to lead SHRM and ensure that the goals set out in its strategic plan are met. Come December, we will wish him well in his retirement. He will be greatly missed.” SHRM has members in more than 165 countries.

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