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SHRM Names Johnny C. Taylor President and CEO

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —  After an extensive search, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., J.D., SHRM-SCP, has been named president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), SHRM Board Chair Coretha M. Rushing, SHRM-SCP, announced today. His appointment is effective in November.

Taylor has been president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) for the past seven years and is credited with raising the organization's stature and funding. TMCF is the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the black college community.

He has a diverse background in leadership and people strategies across various global organizations and industries. Before joining the TMCF, Taylor was responsible for the global HR function at IAC, a portfolio of publicly traded media and internet businesses, later assuming the CEO role for one of IAC's operating companies. Taylor also served in the dual role of general counsel and senior vice president of HR for Paramount Parks & Live Entertainment, as well as vice president of HR at Blockbuster Entertainment. In addition, he was a labor and employment partner at the McGuireWoods LLP law firm and served as the president of the firm's human resource consulting firm. 

Taylor has served on multiple for-profit and mission-driven boards, while always making good human resource management a priority. No stranger to SHRM, Taylor has been a longtime member and served as chair of its board of directors in 2005 and 2006.

"Johnny Taylor is a visionary leader and accomplished HR strategist who is committed to the continued advancement of the profession, and the board of directors looks forward to working with him," Rushing said.

Taylor holds a Juris Doctor degree with honors and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science with general university honors from the University of Miami.

Taylor will succeed Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, who in January announced his retirement for the end of the year after 12 years at SHRM.

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