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In Memoriam

James W. (Jim) Walker



June 24, 1941–September 28, 2014

Founder, HR People & Strategy

James W. Walker, Ph.D., founder of HR People & Strategy (formerly the  Human Resource Planning Society) was a leading consultant, speaker, and author on HR strategy and workforce management, leader of the Walker Group HR consultancy, and former vice president of Towers Perrin’s HR planning consulting practice. He authored several books, including Human Resource Planning, Human Resource Strategy, The End of Mandatory Retirement, and Work Wanted: Protect Your Retirement Plans in Uncertain Times.

Jim was passionate about initiating discussions, funding research, sharing knowledge, and authoring and reading publications that emphasized the strategic element of HRM. He was a visionary and intellectual pioneer in the field of HR who recognized the paradigm shift that was taking place in the field before it occurred. Jim provided inspiration and sage advice to friends and colleagues—many of whom he mentored over the years. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered for the lasting legacy he leaves on our profession.

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