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Kimberly J. Shanahan

President and CEO, accelHRate

Kim Shanahan has worked with hundreds of CEOs, Board members, and Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) across the country in multiple industries focusing on leading executive level searches and projects. She is the president and CEO of accelHRate, a company that helps other companies transform the way they think about talent and specifically the HR function. Kim is showing enterprises that HR is more than just a support function. She is redefining what “great” looks like when it comes to HR talent – and proving that the right HR leaders are key to driving transformative business success. She holds a BS degree with a double major in Finance and Communications from Virginia Tech.

With more than 20 years of business experience, Kim understands the impact that a company’s human capital can have on its bottom line. Her passion for HR, talent, and business transformation led Kim to found accelHRate and help companies transform the way they think about talent and specifically the HR function. Her extensive network and valued relationships provide the critical insights necessary for identifying the most talented and effective HR leaders. 

Before launching accelHRate, she led Korn Ferry’s Human Resources Practice as well as served as Managing Director for the company’s technology-centric Northern Virginia office. Prior to Korn Ferry, she applied her C-level management consulting and executive search experience with Heidrick & Struggles.

Kim developed and led MCI’s global executive recruiting and talent strategy managed Wireless Corporate Strategy and Business Development and launched new markets. She cultivated her global consulting experience with DFI, where she assessed merger and acquisition targets and created strategic market entry plans.

Kim currently serves on the Board of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Fairfax’s Signature Program and has co-hosted “The CEO Show” on Executive Leaders Radio. Kim has been published or featured in publications such as HR Executive, Chief Executive Magazine, HRO Today, Fortune, National Defense, and The Washington Post, and was named one of Washington’s 100 Tech Titans in 2011. Kim is also on the Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s APEX CIE.