Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Areas of expertise: Leadership and HR strategy

"Several major companies have told us they are now limiting travel between the genders [due to all the recent sexual harassment allegations]," telling men, for example, that they may no longer take female colleagues on business trips or share rental cars with women. "That's legalistic and not realistic," Taylor said. "I told one CEO, 'How does that prevent male-on-male relationships?' It's really impractical. We need to change the culture, not create rules that people will ignore." – Washington Post

Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional Society. Prior to joining SHRM, he served as president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He previously held leadership roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as president and CEO of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries. He is a former chair of the SHRM Board of Directors and currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup and on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami. He is an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances and a board member of Jobs for America’s Graduates.  In 2018, Taylor was named Chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He holds both a JD and an MA from Drake University and a BS from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, DC.


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