SHRM CEO Leaves Post

February 1, 2002 ( - The president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is stepping down from her post at the end of the month, citing differences with the Board of Directors on the trade group's goals and strategy.

Helen G Drinan’s resignation is effective February 28, 2002. She joined the group in November 2000.

Drinan didn’t specify the topics on which she and the Board clashed, but said the split became readily apparent during recent organizational planning sessions.

“As I collaborated with the Board on strategic planning initiatives, it became clear that the Board and I did not share the same views about how best to achieve the overall goals of the organization,” Drinan said in a statement. “Ultimately, I felt – and the Board agreed – that our differences were significant, and would stand in the way of progress.”

Board chairman Ommy Strauch praised Drinan’s work. “She has helped us to address complex governance issues and to position us to take this organization to new levels of service for our membership,” Strauch said.

The group represents more than 165,000 human resources professionals.