SHRM Names Sean Sullivan Chief HR Officer


January 25, 2019

Sean Sullivan

ALEXANDRIA — After an extensive search, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has named Sean Sullivan, SHRM-SCP, as its chief human resource officer, effective Feb. 4, 2019.

Sullivan has almost 30 years of experience leading and implementing HR strategies that drive business results. He will be responsible for leading SHRM’s HR function, including people strategy, organizational development and culture. 

“I am pleased to welcome Sean, a longtime SHRM member, to our executive team,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. “His background is exactly the right fit for SHRM as we continue to elevate our profession and represent the positive change we want to see in the workplace.” 

Sullivan has broad experience developing and delivering on operational HR strategies across complex, multinational organizations. Most recently, he served as vice president of human resources at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he was responsible for all aspects of human capital practices and labor relations for a 5,500-employee academic medical center.

Previously, Sullivan served as vice president of human resources at Science Applications International Corporation, a $4 billion publicly traded technology company with 15,000 employees worldwide. Sullivan holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science/American studies from Syracuse University.

He has been a member of SHRM since 1999 and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and, or Kennedy Barba at 703-535-6472 and

Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 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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