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. 

Nelson Zivic, GPHR, SPHR, MBA


Nelson Zivic is a global HR executive currently providing support to C-Suite level leaders on People and Organizational Strategy, Talent Transformation and Performance Management.  Until the end of 2019, he was the Head of HR for the Food Division at Newell Brands, based in Atlanta GA.  Previously, he held the position of HR Senior Director for Newell Rubbermaid ‘s Latin American Region, based in Mexico.

Zivic was also an HR Leader at Dell, where he held increasingly responsible HR positions in their Global, US and Latin American operations. Trained as a lawyer, Zivic began his career as a Labor Attorney in Argentina. He earned his law degree from Universidad de Morón, his MBA from Brigham Young University, and completed an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. 

Zivic is a frequent speaker on topics related to Human Capital and Leadership and is a certified Human Resource professional, holding both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) Certifications from HRCI. He recently served as a member of the Board of Directors, as well as the Chair of the Certification Council, Exam Forms Reviewer for the GPHR, and as an Item Writer and Reviewer for the Senior Professional in Human Resources–International (SPHRi™) and Professional in Human Resources–International (PHRi™) exams.