After an extensive search, we have completed our search for the managing director of CAHRS and have chosen Steve Miranda to fill the role. By way of quick background, Steve was most recently the head of HR for SHRM and helped to lead the SHRM foundation – a subsidiary of SHRM that focuses on partnering with academics to support research on human resources management. Prior to his role with SHRM, he was a senior HR leader with Lucent Technologies. The deciding factors for the search committee were Steve’s years of experience in the function and his understanding and experience of working with academics in his role with the SHRM foundation. While we had a number of really strong candidates, Steve seemed to have the best background and skill set for helping to bridge the academic and practitioner worlds. We are very excited about the hire and hope you all get the chance to meet with Steve and welcome him to CAHRS.
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