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Forbes Future of Work 50 Member Katy George Joins SHRM Executive Council

George serves as chief people officer at McKinsey & Company

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — SHRM is delighted to announce that Katy George has joined its Executive Council, effective immediately.

The SHRM Executive Council, which is made up of the world's top CHROs, luminaries and academics, guides cutting-edge research, drives meaningful membership initiatives and provides insights on emerging business strategies. It explores the most pressing issues facing the workplace and societies of tomorrow, providing the SHRM Executive Network with collective guidance on emerging strategies that impact business performance.


With over 25 years of client service, George has focused on business strategy and performance, particularly in manufacturing and supply chain, across the pharmaceutical, medical products, aerospace, chemical and consumer industries.


George serves as chief people officer at McKinsey & Company. In this role, she oversees global talent strategy and global people functions, including professional development and learning, recruiting, human resources, performance evaluation, people analytics, and other core capabilities. As leader of McKinsey's Operations Practice, George co-led the firm's co-creation of the World Economic Forum's Global Lighthouse Network of manufacturers. This network has documented the connection between workforce skills investment, workforce engagement and return on investment from digital innovation across manufacturing and global value chains.


"Ms. George's perspective into the manufacturing and technology industries and leadership of McKinsey's global talent strategy and people functions will bring an expansive viewpoint and insurmountable value to the SHRM Executive Council," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. "She is uniquely positioned to share informed knowledge about the future of work with HR executives navigating today's pressing workplace issues."

"We are in a new talent reality, fueled by an acceleration of three employee trends: the search for meaning, the desire for flexibility and the pace of technological transformation. In this new environment, organizations are re-examining how they recruit, develop and retain diverse and distinctive talent," George said. "SHRM is at the intersection of employers and employees to create workplaces where everyone can reach their full potential. I am honored and energized to join this influential team of leaders who are collectively tackling the most pressing issues impacting our evolving world of work."

George holds a high honors degree in economics and government from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University. Her doctoral work focused on labor economics and production/work system design in the apparel industry. She was recognized in Forbes' inaugural Future of Work 50 list and is a member of the CNBC Workforce Economic Council.

The SHRM Executive Council also includes:

  • Joyti Chopra, chief people, inclusion and sustainability officer, MGM Resorts International.
  • Marissa Andrada, former chief diversity, inclusion and people officer, Chipotle Mexican Grill.
  • Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor professor of management, and director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Fraccaro, chief people officer, Mastercard.
  • Katy Fink, VP, chief human resources officer, Stryker.
  • Diane Gherson, former chief human resources officer at IBM and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.
  • Beth Grous, chief people officer, Generate Biomedicines.
  • Kathleen Hogan, EVP, chief people officer, Microsoft.
  • Ed Hodge, EVP, chief human resources officer, Trinity Health.
  • Eric Severson, EVP, chief people and belonging officer, Neiman Marcus Group.
  • Lars N. Minns, chief human resources officer, Mercedes-Benz North America.


To learn more about the SHRM Executive Council, visit


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