HR Administration

SHRM Names New Internal Head of HR

By Workforce Editors

Jan. 25, 2019

The Society for Human Resource Management has named Sean Sullivan as its new chief human resource officer.

Sullivan, who will begin his new job in February 2019, takes over HR operations for the Alexandria, Va.-based organization, the world’s largest association of HR professionals with nearly 300,000 members.

SHRM Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan, SHRM’s New Chief Human Resource Officer

“I am pleased to welcome Sean, a longtime SHRM member, to our executive team,” said SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., in a press release announcing the appointment. “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.”

Taylor himself is a relatively new leader for the organization, having taken over in early 2018 from Hank Jackson.

Most recently, Sullivan was vice president of human resources at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he was responsible for human capital practices and labor relations for the 5,500-employee academic medical center. Previously, he was 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 and American studies from Syracuse University.


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