SHRM Certification Commission

The SHRM Certification Commission serves as a technical advisory committee for the certifying activities of SHRM. The Commission is responsible for ensuring the quality and impartiality of the SHRM certification program, which is designed to meet the highest standards in the industry.

The Commission oversees all technical aspects of the SHRM certification program, including the overall development of the exam, eligibility requirements and issuance of recertification. Its responsibilities include review and approval of such aspects as certificant eligibility, exam specifications and scoring, recertification criteria, maintaining the integrity of the certification process, and consideration of appeals and complaints.

The Commission comprises volunteers who have extensive HR, testing, and business experience from industries and organizations around the world.

Commission members do not receive financial compensation for their service on the Commission. Commission members are reimbursed for their fair and reasonable expenses that are directly related to Commission business.


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Wayne Cascio, Ph.D.
Professor and Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership, University of Colorado-Denver School of Business

Wayne F. Cascio, Ph.D., is a distinguished university professor and the Robert H. Reynolds chair in global leadership at the University of Colorado-Denver.

He has served in leadership positions in industry organizations, including as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, chair of the SHRM Foundation Board of Directors, chair of the HR Division of the Academy of Management and as a member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors.

Dr. Cascio is a senior editor of the Journal of World Business. He has authored or edited 27 books on human resource management. He is a two-time winner of the best-paper award from the Academy of Management Executive for his research on downsizing and responsible restructuring.

In 1999, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva in 2004, and in 2008, he was named by the Journal of Management as one of the most influential scholars in management in the past 25 years.

The Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award was presented to him by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2010, and, in 2013, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

From 2011-2013, he served as chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group that is developing international standards for the human resources profession. Dr. Cascio has consulted with organizations on six continents and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association and the Australian HR Institute.

Dr. Cascio earned his bachelor of art’s degree from Holy Cross College, a master’s of arts degree from Emory University and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Rochester.


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Aisha K. Al-Suwaidi
CEO, HR Policies Sector, Federal Authority for Government HR

Aisha K. Al-Suwaidi is the CEO, HR Policies Sector for the Federal Authority for Government HR in the UAE. Aisha has 20 years of excelling experience in Public Policies, HR, and Career Development. She has been actively involved in various HR forums, committees, and government initiatives throughout her career, in addition to being associated with numerous international agencies. Over the course of her career, she has developed and implemented various policies and procedures for the Federal Government and successfully led and handled many strategic programs with different national and international stakeholders. She is a member of many highly affiliated national and international organizations such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD – UK) and is the Editor and chief for the HR Echo magazine, the first bilingual published magazine in the UAE.

Aisha has served as the Head of Coordination and Follow up Division for the Department of Culture and Information Government of Sharjah, Human Resource Advisor with the British Petroleum Oil Company, Acting Director for TANIMIA – Center for Career Guidance and Planning, Executive Director for the Dubai Women Establishment, and the Executive Director of Human Resources (HR policies sector) for the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

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John Boudreau, Ph.D.
Professor and Research Director, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California-Marshall School of Business

John W. Boudreau, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and the research director of its Center for Effective Organizations, where he conducts breakthrough research on human capital, talent and sustainable competitive advantage.

He also consults and conducts executive development with companies worldwide.

Before his current position, Dr. Boudreau helped to establish and direct the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University, where he was a professor for more than 20 years.

He has written more than 200 publications, including Retooling HR: Using Proven Business Tools to Make Better Decisions about Talent, and Investing in People with Dr. Wayne Cascio.

Dr. Boudreau’s research addressing topics such as the future of the global HR profession, HR measurement and analytics, and organizational staffing and development has been published in Management Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Human Resource Management to name a few.

His research received the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior New Concept and Human Resource Scholarly Contribution awards. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and American Psychological Association.

Dr. Boudreau has served as a strategic advisor and board member to a range of organizations. He is a foundation trustee of the National Academy of Human Resources. He has served as a member of the board of advisors for the Human Resource Planning Society and WorldatWork. He chaired the advisory board of the California Strategic HR Partnership.

Dr. Boudreau holds a bachelor’s degree in business from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in management and a doctorate in industrial relations from Purdue University.

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Alfredo Escudero, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Services Manager, Capital Consult

Alfredo Escudero is a Peruvian Human Resources Professional with local and international experience at Peruvian and Fortune 500 companies in Peru, USA and Latin America. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Lima, an MBA from Universidad del Pacifico and a Master´s Degree in HR Management from Florida International University (FIU, USA). His professional background also includes a Coaching Diploma from Universidad de Piura. He is also a SHRM-SCP credential holder.

Alfredo started his career as Training and Development Assistant for Embotelladora Latinoamericana - Coca Cola, afterwards he occupied HR generalist positions for Shell and Pfizer in Peru and then he moved to the USA for studying his Master´s Degree in HR Management at Florida International University in Miami. After finishing his graduate studies in South Florida, he worked for Martinair (multinational cargo airline, Air France subsidiary) in the Americas Headquarters in Doral as HR Manager for Latin America region, where he oversaw HR operations in several countries. Alfredo came back to Peru in 2010, and worked as HR Manager for El Pedregal, ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) and Clinicas Maison de Santé. He currently works as a Human Resources Services Manager at Capital Consult.

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Gerlinde Herrmann, SHRM-SCP
Founder and President, The Herrmann Group

Gerlinde Herrmann is the founder and president of The Herrmann Group, a consulting firm that provides Executive Search, HR and Governance Consulting, and Leadership & Executive Coaching to support Human Resources strategies and talent management initiatives. Prior to founding the Hermann Group, she worked with leading organizations such as Nortel and Federal Express.

Gerlinde’s leadership in governance experience includes serving on the SHRM, SHRM Foundation and SHRM-HRCI board of directors; and is a member of the CPA Ontario Professional Conduct Committee, in addition to serving as a past vice-chair of the Complaints Committee for the CMA. She also served three years as president and chair of the board of directors of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and as past chair, held the portfolio of HRPA’s Chair of Strategic and Global Alliances for two years.

Gerlinde’s recent involvement has been in industry-related and outreach initiatives, such as: Global Experts and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Panels of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Youth Employment Service (YES) Advisory Board, Career Edge Diversity Board; Canadian Government Private Sector Working group on Pandemic Influenza Planning; Director on the Canadian Council of Human Resources Association; Director of NAHRMA (North American Human Resources Management Association); Canadian representative on the Board of Frontplaces, France (a global diversity think tank); advisor for George Brown’s HR program; Advisor on the Provincial Partnership (Passport to Prosperity); and Founder and Director of the Toronto Chapter of HRPA.

Gerlinde holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics from Concordia University.

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Jeff Lindeman, SHRM-SCP
Director, Finance, HR and IT for EIMEA, WD-40 Company Ltd.

Jeff Lindeman is the Director, Finance, HR and IT for the WD-40 Company’s EIMEA trading block. Based in London, he serves the needs of the company’s hundreds of tribe members sustaining the WD-40 economy by making positive lasting memories throughout Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa. Additionally, Jeff is a board member for TrendSource, a market intelligence firm providing insights to a wide range of clients.

Previously, he has held human resource leadership positions within the airport industry as well as with global retail firms.

Jeff was a founding member and past chair of the Airports Council International-North America Human Resources Committee, a committee within the global airport industry trade association. In addition, he served as a panel member of the National Academies’ Airport Cooperative Research Program’s study on the supply and demand of the workforce available to U.S. airports. Jeff also served as a president of the San Diego chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (San Diego SHRM).

Jeff holds a master’s degree in executive leadership and expects to earn a Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) degree, specializing in leadership.

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Betty Lonis, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resources Leader, NextGear Capital

Betty J. Lonis is senior human resources leader for NextGear Capital, the automotive industry’s leading dealer floor plan provider. In this role, she leads the people strategy and talent management efforts for the enterprise.

Before joining NextGear Capital, Lonis was senior vice president, human resources for Stonegate. In this role, she managed the HR function and led the human capital strategy for the organization. She has also held human resources leadership positions for Navient, UnitedHealthcare, Eli Lilly and Company, and in the wireless telecommunications industry. She began her HR career in Indiana state government.

For more than 10 years, Lonis has been actively involved as a Society for Human Resource Management volunteer leader. She recently served as the Membership Advisory Council representative for the North Central Region. She has most recently served as the past state director for the Indiana State Council and a member of the Indiana State Council Conference Committee. She also served as president of IndySHRM, the largest chapter in Indiana.

Her other volunteer roles include serving on the Wellness Council of Indiana Advisory Board. Previously, she served on the founding Board for the Girls on the Run of Hamilton County, Inc., the I.U.P.U.I. P-20 Community Alliance Pathways Committee, the Indiana Workforce Investment Board and the Indiana Youth Council Committee.

Lonis holds an MBA from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

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Nigel Phang
Associate Professor, Nanyang Business School, Division of Strategy, Management and Organization

Nigel Phang Yew Keong is Associate Professor (Practice) of Nanyang Business School, Division of Strategy, Management and Organization. He teaches human resources and organizational behavior.

Nigel's professional experience is centered on many years of working across multiple markets and industries in Asia. Prior to joining NTU, he was the Managing Director of Corporate Executive Board and General Manager of China with Development Dimensions International. He also held HR Director and other HR leadership positions at civil service, financial institution and high-tech manufacturing firms. Nigel was a former military field psychologist in the Ministry of Defense Singapore.

As a trained industrial psychologist, he has a strong interest in talent analytics, human resource transformation, selection and succession management. He has published articles in the field of talent management and presented at several HR forums in Asia.

Nigel holds an MBA from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a graduate diploma in Personnel Management form the Singapore Institute of Management, a master’s of science in occupational psychology from The University of Sheffield, and a graduate diploma in psychology from The University of Hull.

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Susan Podlogar
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, MetLife, Inc.

Susan Podlogar is MetLife’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She is an Executive Vice President and a member of the company’s Executive Group. She joined MetLife in July 2017 and oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that creates value for MetLife customers and shareholders every day.

Before joining MetLife, Podlogar was Global Vice President of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Human Resources Executive Committee. During her 16 years with Johnson & Johnson, she held a series of sector and corporate leadership roles in HR in which she introduced Human Resources strategies and practices that helped strengthen the company’s business model, accelerate the pace of innovation and evolve its talent capabilities and culture.

Susan has 20 years of diversified human resources experience. Her background includes compensation and performance consulting to businesses in various industries, as well as a depth of internal human resources experience. Previously, she worked in human resources at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Myers Squibb and as a consultant with William M. Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm.

Susan holds an MBA with a concentration in management and finance from the University of South Florida. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in labor and industrial relations and business management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

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Paul Sackett, Ph.D.
Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Paul R. Sackett is the Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Ohio State University in 1979. His research interests revolve around various aspects of testing and assessment in workplace, military, and educational settings. His work on issues of fairness and bias in testing includes frequently-cited 1994, 2001, and 2008 American Psychologist articles. He has long been active in the area of the assessment of honesty and integrity in the workplace. He also publishes extensively on the assessment of managerial potential and methodological issues in employee selection.

Paul served as founding editor of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and editor of Personnel Psychology. He has served as president of SIOP, as co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, as a member of the National Research Council's Board on Testing and Assessment, as chair of APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, and as chair of APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs.

He has received awards for teaching (Herbert Heneman Award from students at Minnesota’s Industrial Relations Center), research (SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management’s Career Achievement Award), and service (SIOP’s Distinguished Service Contributions Award; Lifetime Service Award from the National Academy of Sciences).

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Sheldon Zedeck, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California-Berkeley

Sheldon Zedeck, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of psychology and professor of the graduate school in the Department of Psychology at the University of California-Berkeley.

He has been at Berkeley since 1969, when he completed his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He retired in December 2010 after serving almost four years as vice provost for academic affairs and faculty welfare. He previously served as chair of the Department of Psychology and was the director of the campus' Institute of Industrial Relations.

Dr. Zedeck is co-author of four books and has written numerous journal articles. He has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Contemporary Psychology and Industrial Relations. He has served as editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology as well as editor of Human Performance, a journal that he co-founded. He also has been associate editor of Applied Psychology: An International Review.

Currently, he is associate editor of the American Psychologist, on the editorial advisory board of Management and Organization Review and on the senior advisory board for the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Dr. Zedeck has been active in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, including serving as its president. He currently is a member of American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Zedeck has consulted in the private and public sector organizations. He has developed selection and promotion systems for private and public organizations, with a focus on systems that are fair and provide for a diverse workforce.

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