CEO Advisory Council

The CEO Advisory Council brings unique knowledge and skills to help further the HRCI mission of enabling people and organizations to discover, develop and demonstrate their fullest potential through innovative learning and certification in the ever-evolving world of HR. The Advisory Council is a resource to the CEO by offering advice, insight into industry trends and bringing a different perspective. 


Dr. Amir Dhia, MA, CCTM, ASMEC, CDMA

Dr. Amir Dhia is the Director General of UBT Executive Education (University of Business and Technology, Jeddah), the Director General of UBT English Language Academy, and Assistant Professor of UBT MBA and MSc programs. He is a Board Member of the Standards Supreme Council of the Global Academy of Finance and Management, and the American Academy of Project Management.

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Iona Harding, GPHR, SPHR

Iona Harding is a senior human resource and business leader, consultant and educator. Her consulting firm, Harding Resources LLC, helps organizations develop, implement and measure people strategies that drive organization success and that “make the workplace life giving.”

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Jonathan Pearce, GPHR

Jonathan is a Human Capital Principal at Deloitte with 20 years’ experience guiding clients in developing talent strategies, navigating functional transformations, and aligning workforce programs to business strategy. Jonathan advises the C-Suite on large scale initiatives to unlock new enterprise value by reshaping workforces in the context of the Future of Work.

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Clarissa Peterson, SPHR, GPHR, LPEC

Clarissa is a Chief Human Resources & Ethics Officer with over 25 years of leadership in human resources. Her business expertise includes strategic planning, ethics, compliance, mergers and acquisition integration in global and domestic companies.

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Rita Trehan

Rita Trehan delivers game-changing corporate capacity through leadership and business transformation worldwide. A TOP 100 Human Resources Officer (ranked by ExecRank in 2012) and Gold Stevie Award Winner (2016), Rita raises the bar for business leadership.

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Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Professor Westover is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Woodbury School of Business (UVU), Academic Director of the UVU Center for Social Impact and the UVU SIMLab, and Faculty Fellow for Ethics in Public Life (previously the Associate Director) in the Center for the Study of Ethics. He also is an experienced OD/HR/Leadership consultant (Human Capital Innovations, LLC), with experience in organizations across the globe.

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Nelson Zivic, GPHR, SPHR, MBA

Nelson Zivic is a global HR executive currently working for LexisNexis Risk Solutions based in Atlanta, GA. He provides support to C-Suite level leaders on People and Organizational Strategy, Talent Transformation and Performance Management.

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John Varlaro

John D. Varlaro, PhD, SPHR, GPHR

Dr. Varlaro is a Professor of Management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has served as Chair of the Department of Management, and chair of University Faculty Council.

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