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HR People + Strategy and Willis Towers Watson announce new research initiative to study the rapidly changing role of HR executives

February 13, 2019
| United States

ARLINGTON, VA, February 13, 2019 — HR People + Strategy (HRPS), SHRM’s network for executives and thought leaders in human resources, and Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, announced today a new research initiative to examine the shaping of tomorrow’s HR executives.

The research, designed to explore accelerating the growth and development of the HR executive of the future, will be based on in-depth, one-on-one interviews with dozens of chief human resource officers (CHRO), chief executive officers, corporate board members, C-suite executives, academics and regional think tanks with CHROs, along with a pulse survey of HR executives across all industries. A comprehensive report on the findings is expected in the fall.

The research will look at critical issues regarding the future of the HR executive, including: 

  • How do Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations, small businesses and start-ups position their talent and culture to transform and grow in an accelerating digital world? 
  • What does this mean to the future of the HR executive and the experiences, knowledge, skills and behaviors required to drive business strategy and growth? 
  • How does HR become the hub of a larger ecosystem for work?
  • What are the game-changing issues that HR executives face while managing the many challenges associated with the future of work?

“Given the rapid pace of technology adoption and democratization of work, the role of the CHRO and HR is undergoing transformative change,” said Simon King, chairman of the HRPS board of directors. “We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this ambitious study to help accelerate and develop the next generation of HR executives to thrive in this environment.”

For more information about the research, please contact at Maggie Kelly or Cory Bronson.

HR People + Strategy

HR People + Strategy is the premier network of executives and thought leaders in the field of human resources. As SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People + Strategy provides members access to forward-thinking exchanges, research and publications and executive-level networking opportunities. For more information, visit

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has over 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential.

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