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chief human resources officer (CHRO)

Chief human resources officer (CHRO) is a C-level executive in charge of an organization's human capital management.  

The CHRO's most important task is to set up and enable a company's talent strategy, which encompasses acquisition, development and succession planning. The CHRO is often involved in selecting and rolling out human resource management (HRM) and talent management software.

A CHRO may also be the business owner for other human resource responsibilities, such as ensuring the company stays compliant with government regulations pertaining to human resources. Depending upon the corporate culture, the CHRO may also play a key role in defining and crafting programs to retain employees. 

Generally, the CHRO reports to the chief executive officer (CEO).  In some companies, the CHRO may be called the Chief People Officer. 

See also: human resource analytics

 

Contributor(s): Emma Snider
This was last updated in July 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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