HR-XML Consortium Appoints Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd to 2010 Board of Directors

Joan Phaup

NORWALK, CT – March 4, 2010 --The HR-XML Consortium has named Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd to its 2010 Board of Directors.

Questionmark technologies are used extensively within HR settings for everything from talent acquisition and on-boarding to talent and team development. Pre-employment skills tests, psychological assessments, appraisals, attitude and opinion surveys and compliance testing are among the many HR-related applications of the Questionmark™ Perception™ assessment management system used worldwide by businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and other organizations.

“I’m honored to serve on the Consortium’s board and delighted to contribute the Consortium’s initiatives to define, enhance and expand interoperability standards for human resources technology field,” said Shepherd. “Assessments are playing an increasingly strategic role throughout the talent management process, so I’m eager to play my part in helping the Consortium ensure the availability of dependable open data exchange standards.”

Shepherd leads Questionmark in providing testing and assessment technologies and services to businesses, test publishers, government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations. He has championed the use of online assessments as tools for pre-employment testing, and for encouraging and improving the learning process and is recognized as one of the world’s authorities on assessment software.

Shepherd was instrumental in the development of the Question and Test Interoperability standard and served as the first chairman of the Association of Test Publishers’ (ATP) European Division when it was started in 2006. He maintains a blog at and has advised corporations, government departments, universities, schools and technical standards bodies on the deployment of online assessments and conducts seminars and workshops around the world on secure assessment technologies.

Andrew Cunsolo of Talent Technology was appointed along with Shepherd. Other directors include Alex Charles of iProfile; Suneel Mendiratta of ADP; Romuald Restout of Arbita; Paul Storfer of PDI Ninth House; Chris Cho of HR Integrations, Inc.; Andreas Elkeles of SAP Labs; Bon Idziak of Applicant Insight Ltd; Bill Kerr of Oracle; and Ingolf Teetz of milch & zucker.

About HR-XML The HR-XML Consortium is the credentialing body for interoperability standards in the HR technology field. The Consortium is the only volunteer-led, non-profit, community-driven standards organization for Human Resources, representing more than 50 corporate entities. Its purpose is to promote the establishment of robust, extensible, global HR interoperability standards enabling easy-to-implement, time- and cost-effective integration of business applications within the HR industry and recognize organizations that meet those standards. For more information, visit

About Questionmark Questionmark provides technologies and services that enable organizations to measure knowledge, skills and attitudes securely for certification, regulatory compliance and improved learning outcomes. Questionmark solutions enable reliable, valid and defensible assessments by empowering subject matter experts through collaborative authoring, accommodating participant needs with blended and multilingual delivery and informing stakeholders through timely reporting and meaningful analytics. Further information is available at a href="/"> The Questionmark blog at provides assessment-related news, interviews insights and best practices.

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