SHRM Names Alexander Alonso Senior Vice President of Knowledge Development

February 9, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, has been named senior vice president of knowledge development, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced.

Alonso had been vice president of research at SHRM. He was instrumental in the development of SHRM Certification, serving as the head of examination development and operations for the SHRM Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications.

During his five-year tenure at SHRM, he also has led the development of the SHRM Competency Model, on which the certification is based, and the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge.

As senior vice president, he will serve on the association’s leadership team and report to President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson.

“Alex Alonso’s work has made a difference in the field of human resources and to HR professionals,” Jackson said. “We congratulate him on this promotion and look forward to his future contributions to HR competencies, certification and knowledge development.”

“This is a great time to be at SHRM, where advancing the HR profession is first and foremost as evidenced by the focus on the competency model and certification,” Alonso said. “I look forward to contributing even further to the development landscape for HR professionals worldwide.”

Alonso is a frequent speaker and writer on competencies. He also serves on the board of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

He holds a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Florida International University. He received the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award.

His appointment was effective Feb. 8.

Media: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and

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