Global Business Awareness and Leading-Edge Technology Priorities for His Term

Jose A. Berrios, a national thought leader on workforce diversity and a 22-year member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has been elected chair of the Society’s Board of Directors. In a two-year appointment that was effective Jan. 1, Berrios replaced Robb E. Van Cleave, chief talent and strategy officer at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Ore.

At SHRM’s Leadership Conference in November, Berrios previewed for state council and chapter leaders his priorities for the next two years: the use of innovation and technology to anticipate and meet the developing needs of members in the rapidly changing global business environment. “The need to be global and the need to be tech-savvy will be important areas of focus for SHRM. That’s what the workforce demands,” he said.

Berrios added that while HR professionals are facing greater expectations and challenges today, SHRM will continue to provide members with access to the information, people, trends, networks, practices and technologies needed to succeed and advance throughout their careers.

Berrios’ career in human resources has included 20 years on the corporate HR team at Gannett Co., Inc., a news and information company based in McLean, Va.  As vice president of leadership development and diversity at Gannett, he was responsible for corporate HR programs, leadership development, succession planning, and a nationally recognized diversity strategy for more than 90 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and 20 television stations.  He also has held management positions at NBC and Time Warner.

A founding member and past chairman of The Conference Board’s Workforce Diversity Council, he has served on the board of advisors of Catalyst and on the board of directors of the National Association of Minority Media Executives.  He is a founding member of the National Hispanic Corporate Council.

Berrios attended Oblate College in Washington, D.C., and the University of Puerto Rico.

SOURCE  Society for Human Resource Management

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