Four HR Experts Named to SHRM Foundation Board of Directors

Feb 25, 2011
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Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 25, 2011 – Four experts in the field of human resources have been appointed to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Board of Directors.

The SHRM Foundation, a not-for-profit affiliate of SHRM, advances global HR education and practice by providing thought leadership, educational support and research. It is governed by a 16-member volunteer board of directors who come from the HR profession, including academics, practitioners and representatives from SHRM.

Named as directors were:

  • Frances Hume, SPHR, president, Hume ’n Resources LLC, Park City, Utah;
  • Nereida Perez, vice president inclusion and diversity, National Grid, Brooklyn, N.Y.;
  • Susan Podlogar, vice president worldwide compensation and productivity, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.;
  • Padma Thiruvengadam, vice president operations, Pfizer Oncology, New York.

Perez begins a three-year term on the board. Hume, Podlogar and Thiruvengadam will serve one-year terms.

“They bring a wealth of experience, unique perspectives and both business and HR knowledge to the SHRM Foundation board,” said Howard Klein, board chair and professor of management and HR at The Ohio State University. “We are very pleased to have these remarkable HR professionals contributing to the foundation’s work fostering HR and its impact on organizational decision-making and performance.”

Frances Hume is the owner of an HR consulting company that provides strategic HR and leadership services. She also is an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and a longtime volunteer leader for SHRM and SHRM’s Utah State Council. She has served as chair of the HR Certification Institute Board of Directors. Hume holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Nereida Perez was chief diversity officer for KPMG LLP before joining National Grid. A member of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on Workforce Diversity, Perez has worked in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Latin America. She is the founder of the Association of Employee Resources Groups, which provides diversity consulting services. She holds a master’s degree in HR management and international business from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Susan Podlogar, a member of Johnson & Johnson’s HR leadership team, leads the development and execution of worldwide compensation strategy and productivity analytics. She previously has worked in corporate compensation and in the pharmaceutical and device sectors at Johnson & Johnson. She earlier held HR roles at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb and was a consultant with William M. Mercer, a global HR consulting firm. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she holds an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Padma Thiruvengadam is the vice president for Asia-Pacific and Canada operations for the oncology business unit at Pfizer Inc. She joined Pfizer as vice president human resources, a role in which she provided strategic HR counsel to Pfizer Oncology. Previously, she was senior vice president for human resources in two business groups at Bank of America and executive vice president human resources at Loral Skynet-Loral Space & Communications. She holds a master’s degree from Madras University and a bachelor’s degree from Osmania University.

The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research and awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students. The foundation has an annual exclusive Thought Leaders Retreat, which is being held this year in Chicago on Oct. 4-5. For information about the SHRM Foundation, visit

About the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation was founded in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM Foundation advances global HR knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and by sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable and evidence-based research.

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