Three HR Executives Elected to SHRM Board of Directors

Nov 19, 2011
Alexandria, Va., – Nov. 19, 2011 – Three human resource and business executives have been elected to the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for 2012.

A 13-member Board of Directors provides leadership for SHRM — the world’s largest HR association — by setting broad policies and strategic direction and providing fiduciary oversight.

Elected to the 2012 SHRM Board of Directors were:

  • Coretha M. Rushing, chief human resources officer, Equifax Inc.;
  • Brian D. Silva, SPHR, GPHR, senior vice president of human resources and administration, Fresenius Medical Care;
  • José Tomas, SPHR, president of Latin America and Caribbean and global chief people officer, Burger King Corporation.
“We are pleased to welcome these three highly experienced human resource executives to the SHRM Board of Directors. Their expertise — experiences with business strategy and the global marketplace and an understanding of a changing workforce — will help guide SHRM as it continues to serve the needs of its membership,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. Jackson is an ex officio voting member of the board.

Bette J. Francis, SPHR, a board member since 2007, was re-elected to the 2012 SHRM board as chair-designate. Francis, vice president/director of human resources for Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory Services in Wilmington, Del., will become chair of the board in 2013, replacing current chair Jose A. Berrios.

Two executives who were named to the board in October 2011 have been re-elected to the 2012 board: Jorge Consuegra, a global business and marketing executive, and My-Chau Nguyen, CPA, senior vice president of customer relationship marketing for Sirius XM Radio.

Also re-elected were:

  • Jeffrey M. Cava, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.;
  • Calvin W. Finch, CPA, senior vice president and chief financial officer, CPP, Inc.;
  • James A. Kaitz, president and CEO, Association for Financial Professionals;
  • Gary P. Latham, Ph.D., secretary of state professor of organizational behavior, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto;
  • Virda M. Rhem, SPHR, director of human resources, Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association.
Also continuing on the 2012 board will be Berrios, in the second year of his two-year term as chair; and Jackson, president and CEO.

Bios of new board members

Coretha M. Rushing has been chief human resources officer for Equifax Inc. since 2006. She also serves as a member of the Equifax Foundation Board. She served on the Board of Directors of SHRM Atlanta, one of SHRM’s largest chapters. Prior to working at Equifax, she served in several senior HR functions for The Coca-Cola Company. She also has been an executive coach and human resources consultant, and she held several HR management positions with Pizza Hut and IBM Corp. Rushing began her career as a recruiter and corporate training specialist with R.H. Macy’s & Co., and as the training director for East River Savings and Loan. Rushing holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from East Carolina University and a master's degree in human resources and counseling from The George Washington University.

Brian D. Silva, SPHR, GPHR, is senior vice president of human resources and administration for Fresenius Medical Care, the global leader in kidney care. Before joining Fresenius, he was senior vice president of HR at Gentiva Health Services. Before Gentiva Health Services, Silva served as senior vice president of HR and administration and was corporate secretary for Linens N Things. Previously, he held HR positions with Allstate Insurance and Guardian Insurance. He has served on the Board of Directors for 24/7 Real Media, and as an instructor in the New York Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Management. Silva holds a master’s degree in organization psychology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in HR management from the New York Institute of Technology. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University.

José Tomas, SPHR, is president of Latin America and Caribbean and global chief people officer for Burger King Corporation. Tomas previously was vice president of human resources for Burger King and earlier led the HR teams for the company’s global restaurant support center in Miami and the Latin America and Caribbean region. Prior to joining Burger King, he held field and corporate human resources positions with Ryder System Inc., including director of talent acquisition and director of corporate human resources. After transitioning from operations, Tomas began his HR career as an HR specialist with Publix Super Markets. He later managed the associate relations team for Publix’s southeast division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s of science in management from Florida International University.

Media: For more information or photos, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Jennifer Hughes at and 703-535-6072.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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