SHRM CEO and President Jackson to Retire

Jan 17, 2017
Alexandria, Va. — Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, who has served as president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) during a time of growth in membership and services, has announced that he will retire, effective at the end of the year.

SHRM, the world’s largest HR association, has been led by Jackson, 65, since 2010.  He was promoted into the CEO role after serving as the association’s chief global finance and business affairs officer.

“Hank Jackson has made lasting contributions to SHRM and the HR profession,” said Coretha Rushing, chair of the SHRM Board of Directors and corporate vice president and chief human resources officer at Equifax. “But his work is not over. During his final year, he will continue to lead SHRM and ensure that the goals set out in its strategic plan are met. Come December, we will wish him well in his retirement. He will be greatly missed.”

During his CEO tenure, the association grew to a record 289,000 members and launched SHRM Certification. The accredited SHRM-Certified Professional and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional certifications are now held by more than 96,000 HR professionals, making SHRM Certification the fastest growing HR professional certification. 

Many other accomplishments during Jackson’s tenure allowed the association to grow, including:

• The addition of the Council for Global Immigration and HR People + Strategy as affiliates. 

• The largest SHRM Annual Conference ever with more than 15,600 attendees at the 2015 event in Las Vegas. 

• A record student membership with 23,000 members.

• An increased global presence with a subsidiary office in the United Arab Emirates, 42 global partnerships in 65 countries, and events around the world, including a SHRM India HR Technology Conference.

His tenure also was marked by commitment to the HR profession with:

• The creation of the HR Competency Model, which supports HR practitioners in their professional development and helps organizations identify and cultivate high-quality HR leaders.

• Expanded resources on HR practice and compliance, including access to Knowledge Center advisors who answer tens of thousands of HR questions each year. 

• Increased content about HR practice in HR Magazine and on and a newly redesigned website.

• The development of SHRM’s “A-Team” grassroots advocacy network that includes activity in all U.S. congressional districts.

SHRM’s presence in Washington, D.C., also grew. SHRM executives and members were repeatedly tapped by members of Congress and federal agencies for their perspectives on workplace issues. And Washingtonian magazine named SHRM a Great Place to Work in the Washington, D.C., area in 2013.

Jackson will retire on Dec. 31. A national search for SHRM’s seventh CEO has begun with the Spencer Stuart executive search firm overseeing recruitment. The SHRM Board of Directors will select Jackson’s successor from among candidates identified by a search committee led by Rushing.

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

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

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