SHRM CEO to Retire Dec. 31

By SHRM Online staff January 19, 2017

Henry G. "Hank" Jackson, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has announced that he will retire at the end of the year.

Jackson, 65, has led the world's largest HR association since 2010. During his CEO tenure, the association grew to a record 289,000 members and launched SHRM competency-based certification exams. More than 96,000 HR professionals hold the accredited SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credentials, making SHRM Certification the fastest-growing HR professional certification.

Other accomplishments during Jackson's tenure allowed the association to grow, including:

  • The addition of the Council for Global Immigration and HR People + Strategy as affiliates.  

  • The largest SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition ever with more than 15,600 attendees at the 2015 event in Las Vegas.  

  • A record student membership 23,000 student members.

  • An increased global presence with a subsidiary office in United Arab Emirates, 42 global partnerships in 65 countries, and events around the world, including a SHRM India HR Technology Conference and Annual Conference.

His tenure also was marked by commitment to the HR profession, with:

  • The creation of the SHRM Competency Model, which supports HR practitioners in their professional development, helps organizations identify and cultivate high-quality HR leaders, and is the foundation of the SHRM certification program. 

  • Expanded resources on HR practice and compliance, including access to HR Knowledge Center advisors who answer tens of thousands of HR questions each year.  

  • Increased content about HR practice in HR Magazine and on the newly redesigned website. 

  • The development of SHRM's "A-Team" grassroots advocacy network that is active in all U.S. congressional districts.

SHRM's presence in Washington, D.C., also increased. Members of Congress and federal agencies repeatedly tapped SHRM executives and members for their perspectives on workplace issues. Washingtonian magazine named SHRM a Great Place to Work in the Washington, D.C., area in 2013.

"Hank Jackson has made lasting contributions to SHRM and the HR profession," said Coretha Rushing, SHRM-SCP, chair of the SHRM Board of Directors and corporate vice president and chief human resources officer at Equifax. "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."

Jackson is the sixth CEO to lead the organization. 

[SHRM members-only toolkit: Engaging in Succession Planning]

Prior to becoming CEO, Jackson served as SHRM's chief global finance and business affairs officer. In that role he was responsible for financial management as well as publications and new media, meetings and conferences, seminars, member marketing, corporate sales, and technology solutions.

Jackson came to SHRM from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was executive vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer of the university. The university includes 11 schools and colleges, a hospital, a public television station, and a commercial radio station. Jackson held several senior-level positions at Howard University in finance and technology before becoming executive vice president. He is a certified public accountant and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Stonehill College in Massachusetts.

A national search for SHRM's seventh CEO has begun, with the Spencer Stuart executive search firm overseeing recruitment. The SHRM board of directors will select Jackson's successor from among candidates identified by a search committee.

SHRM CEO Henry G. "Hank" Jackson

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