Two SHRM Members Named NAHR Fellows

By SHRM Online staff Dec 14, 2009

Two Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members have been inducted into the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). Election to the class of Fellows is considered the most prestigious honor in the HR field.

That honor goes to Illinois residents Jill B. Smart and Richard R. Floersch, who, along with four other HR leaders, were inducted into NAHR on Nov. 5, 2009, at the Yale Club in New York City.


Jill B. Smart

Smart is chief human resources officer at Accenture Inc. Her responsibilities include overseeing personnel management of the nearly 177,000 employees, directing HR activities such as resource planning, talent sourcing, career management, and employee engagement and retention. She travels frequently to meet with clients and Accenture personnel.

She is a member of a number of HR groups; sits on the board of trustees of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago; is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the Chicago Network; and is a frequent speaker at various forums.

In 2004, Crain’s Chicago Business named her one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Chicago; in 2005, Human Resource Executive named her one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in HR; and in 2007, she was on Human Resource Executive’s Honor Roll.

She has served on the board of directors of the Accenture Foundations, a public charity that supports educational activities and disaster relief efforts, and on the board of directors for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. She volunteers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Smart is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, sits on its Alumni Association Board, and is a member of the College of Business Dean’s Business Council and Illinois Business Consulting’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the Chicago State University College of Business Advisory Committee and is a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Richard R. Floersch

Floersch is executive vice president and chief human resources officer at McDonald’s Corp. He and his team have worked on building a strong talent management and leadership development program. In addition, he and his team overhauled the company’s rewards and benefits programs for the executive, staff and restaurant management employees to put more emphasis on pay for performance and transparency in all of the rewards programs.

In the 19 years prior to joining McDonald’s in November 2003, he served in various specialist and generalist roles at the group and corporate level at General Foods, Kraft Foods and Philip Morris. He worked at International Playtex and at the Connecticut-based HR consulting firm Meredith Associates.

He sits on the Personnel Roundtable and serves on the board of directors for the Human Resource Policy Association (HRPA), a public policy advocate for senior HR executives of the largest companies doing business in the U.S. He has served asthe chair for the HRPA’s Center on Executive Compensation.

In 2008, he became the fifth recipient of Hunt-Scanlon Advisors’ Human Resource Leadership Award. The award recognizes innovative human capital management strategies an HR executive has designed and implemented that contributed to that company’s superior financial and market performance.

Also that year, Human Resource Executive named Floersch to its Honor Roll.

He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration from the State University of New York in Buffalo.

He resides in Hinsdale, Ill., with his wife and four children.

Also inducted into the Class of 2009 are L. Kevin Cox, executive vice president of American Express Co.; Pamela O. Kimmet, senior vice president, HR, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.; Brian McNamee, senior vice president, HR, Amgen Inc.; and Hugh S. Mitchell, chief human resources and corporate officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc.

“Each of these human resource professionals has made sustained and exemplary contributions to the broad field of human resources,” said Mirian Graddick-Weir, NAHR chair, in a news release.

Membership to the academy requires meeting criteria that can be found on the NAHR web site.

Nominations for the Class of 2010 will open in January 2010 and close March 31, 2010.​


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