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The CHRO: A Stepping Stone to CEO?

Wednesday, March 02, 2016


Expanded roles have given Human Resources professionals additional career options. "It has made them more attractive candidates for jobs in other functional areas, across industries and in strategy-heavy leadership roles," writes senior partner Jena Abernathy in Workforce. "The chief human resources officer, for example, is not necessarily the terminal position it once was."

It is not unheard of, she adds, to have CHROs recruited to become CEOs. While the top spot might not be the ultimate goal for most CHROs and other HR executives, Abernathy notes that it is a "new day" when this transition can happen.

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