SHRM president leaves the way clear for progress

Helen G Drinan, president & CEO of the Society for Human Resource
Management left the organisation on 28 February because of ‘significant
differences’ with the SHRM board.

"Since joining SHRM in November 2000, Helen has made a true
contribution," said Ommy Strauch, chair of the SHRM board. "She has
helped address complex governance issues and prepare for new levels of

Drinan added: "SHRM is an incredibly successful organisation with a
bright future. Although my tenure was short, I enjoyed the opportunity to lead
a non-profit association, especially one whose mission is so tied to the
profession to which I’m committed."

Working with eight major US HR consulting firms over the past 10 months,
Drinan has been a key contributor to an industry-leading study of the future of
the profession. She also has been a frequent speaker on this topic. In
recognition of her national reputation of HR innovation and leadership, Drinan
was recently named a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Explaining her decision to leave, Drinan said: "I had hoped to see SHRM
through to a new level of performance. But as I collaborated with the board on
strategic planning initiatives, it became clear we did not share the same views
about how best to achieve the organisation’s goals.

"We agreed that our differences were significant, and would stand in
the way of progress."

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