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Mary E. Power has been named the new executive director of the Human Resource Certification Institute (
HRCI). Power’s primary goals will be to shape the Institute’s strategic focus and to broaden HRCI’s international presence.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to build on the success of HRCI and really expand the Institute’s brand name,” said Power. “It is such a pleasure to join such a talented staff and work for an organization that is so well-managed.”
Before joining HRCI, Power was president and CEO of the Convention Industry Council (CIC). The CIC is an international federation of 32 associations in the convention, meeting and exhibition industries. During her tenure at the CIC, Power helped expand the council’s certification designation of certified meeting professional—CMP—to 32 countries worldwide.
“Mary Power brings key certification experience and joins HRCI at a time when the business community is increasingly recognizing the strategic contribution human resource professionals bring to managing the economy,” said Kristi Acuff, SPHR, chair of the HRCI board of directors, and chief HR officer and vice president for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Anchorage, Alaska.
Power says that she will be working to ensure that the HRCI certification designations become a worldwide standard for the HR profession.
“Our strategic goal is to take the HRCI certification program global and to make sure the program is universally accepted by employers throughout the world,” Power said. “The success of HRCI over the past 15 years is really unrivaled among professional certification organizations, and the potential of the Institute’s certification program is virtually limitless. I’m very excited by this opportunity.”
Power will be working closely with Cornelia Springer, the previous executive director of HRCI, who now will serve as HRCI’s director of operations. Power says Springer’s experience and depth of knowledge about HRCI is a welcome and tremendously valuable asset.
“I really have the best of all worlds in this job. I have an exciting new challenge, and a great staff to work with,” Power said.
Bill Leonard is senior writer for HR News.
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