HR People + Strategy Elects New Board Member

University of Virginia Professor Scott A. Snell chosen as newest board member

Jan 5, 2017

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Scott A. Snell, Ph.D., research chair in business administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, was elected as a new member of HR People + Strategy’s (HRPS’s) Board of Directors for 2017

His four-year term began January 1 and will continue through December 2020. 

At the Darden Graduate School of Business, Snell teaches classes on leadership, developing organizational capability and human capital consulting. His research focuses on HR and the ways in which organizations generate, transfer and integrate new knowledge for competitive advantage. He is the co-author of four books and has been published in numerous journals. Snell is an award-winning researcher and is listed among the top 100 most-cited authors in scholarly journals of management. 

He has served on several boards, including those of the Strategic Management Society’s Human Resource Capital Group, the SHRM Foundation, and the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division, among others. He has also worked with high-profile companies such as AstraZeneca, Deutsche Telekom, Heineken and Shell to strategize investments in talent.

Formerly, Snell was the senior associate dean for executive education at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the university’s faculty in 2007, he was a professor and director of executive education at Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies and a professor of management in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. 

He earned his MBA and Ph.D. in business administration from Michigan State University.

Also serving on the 2017 HRPS Board of Directors are: 

  • Richard Vosburgh, president, RMV Solutions, chair;
  • Simon King, head of talent and organizational effectiveness, Bristol-Myers Squibb, vice chair;
  • Cathy Malear, senior vice president and chief human resources officer (retired), UniGroup, treasurer;
  • Kim McEachron, chief people officer, Genomic Health, Inc., secretary;

  • Allan Church, senior vice president, global talent assessment and development, PepsiCo, Inc.;
  • Carolyn Gould, SHRM-SCP, principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC;
  • Mirco Gros, director, global talent management, Equinix;
  • Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, president and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management;
  • Sophia Kristjansson, founder and CEO, Lexicon Leadership Group;
  • Laura Mably, vice president, human resources North America, AstraZeneca;
  • Edward McKissic, vice president, global human resources, Wal-Mart;
  • Karl-Heinz Oehler, managing director Europe, Denison Consulting; 
  • Eric Severson, appointee, National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship;
  • Tracy Tyler, founder and managing partner, Strategies for Success International.

HR People + Strategy is the executive network for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Its board is responsible for governance and strategic direction and establishes policies and activities consistent with HRPS’s vision, mission and strategy. For details about HR People + Strategy, visit

Media: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6260 and or Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and

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