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People have always been the pivotal point for SHRM CEO

June 14, 2013


Hank Jackson started out as a finance and technology guy. Now, looking back over his long career, he says it was really all about people—great preparation for his current spot as CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Armed with his CPA, Jackson first worked for accounting giant KPMG, with a specialty in information technology. He then went to Howard University to build up its IT system, but the college kept him busy for 30 years, making use of his finance background and eventually promoting him to executive vice president/CFO and treasurer. SHRM hired him in 2006 as its chief global finance and business affairs officer, then asked him to step in as interim CEO in 2010 while Korn/Ferry International searched for a replacement for Lon O’Neil, who stepped down. Jackson expected to go back to his post when the CEO job was filled, but he was offered the top spot instead.