JASPER COUNTY — The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services will be considering the nomination of Lisa Hershman as chief management officer of the Department of Defense next week.

Hershman was originally nominated for the position July 15 by President Donald Trump. Her committee hearing will take place Oct. 29.

According to an August 2017 report by the Secretary of Defense, “the purpose of the CMO is to improve the quality and productivity of the business operations of the department, thereby reducing the costs of those operations.”

The report goes on to say that “the department will use the establishment of the CMO organization as an opportunity to renew focus on business operations reform.”

The full report may be found at dod.defense.gov.

The wife of former state senator and local farmer Brandt Hershman, Lisa Hershman is officially the deputy chief management officer of the DOD, though she is already performing the duties of the chief management officer at this time.

Hershman was founder and CEO of the DeNovo Group, and is the former CEO of Hammer and Company. She also served as senior vice president of operational excellence at Avnet, where her work was honored with the Avnet Corporate Chairman’s Award.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution, specifically for engineering and management, from Clarkson University. She also has an an Executive Certificate in Innovation through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Institute for Management Development program, as well as an Executive Certificate in Finance from Cornell University.