Heidrick & Struggles Helps Identify Young Global Leaders for World Economic Forum

March 16, 2009

CHICAGO, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — For the second year, Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (Nasdaq: HSII) worked with the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a strategic partner to assess the global nominees for the WEF’s Young Global Leaders for 2009. This year, 45 of the Young Global Leaders are from North America, including Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Digg founder Kevin Rose, Boris Nikolic of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and golfer Tiger Woods.

Heidrick & Struggles CEO L. Kevin Kelly said, “We are honored to be entrusted with the task of helping evaluate the world’s exceptional young leaders who have a unique platform as Young Global Leaders, to help steer us toward better outcomes for business, society, and the planet as a whole.”

Each year approximately 200-300 exceptional individuals are identified for this honor, drawn from every region in the world and from a wide range of disciplines and sectors. Heidrick & Struggles has used its expertise to help the World Economic Forum evaluate individuals against the specific criteria that it has set out to shape this international community of young leaders.

In order to evaluate the nominees, Heidrick appointed team leaders from within its organization to be responsible for the specific regions of East Asia, South Asia, North America, Latin America, MENA, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. Each team leader appointed team members with specific knowledge of each country, or sub-region. In total, over 50 consultants were involved in the review.

The Forum nominated Young Global Leaders from 71 countries, including leaders from business, government, academia, non-profit organizations, and media. The 2009 new class represents all regions: East Asia (54), Europe (58), the Middle East and North Africa (12), North America (45), South Asia (24), sub-Saharan Africa (20) and Latin America (17). For a list of YGLs honored in 2009, click here (http://www.weforum.org/docs/ygl/YGL_Honorees_2009.pdf).

About Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders has three objectives:

  • To transform the next generation of leaders: through personal experiences that exchange knowledge, build better understanding, and define the major challenges on the global, regional, and industry agendas;
  • To build a global community of peers: by engaging Young Global Leaders into networks and processes that search for forward-looking and innovative solutions for the problems which are faced by humankind; and
  • To make a positive impact on global challenges: by engaging Young Global Leaders in collaborative actions that leverage their individual contributions into collective action and taskforces related to specific challenges they have identified.

For further information please contact Davia Temin or Suzanne Oaks of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or news@teminandco.com.

About Heidrick & Struggles

Founded in 1953, Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) is recognized as one of the world’s leading executive search firms. With more than 60 offices in the principal cities of 33 countries, it helps its clients to address strategic issues that have human capital solutions in times of growth, turnaround, acquisition, integration, expansion into new markets, and economic flux.

With its executive search, leadership services, and interim management capabilities, Heidrick & Struggles can seamlessly integrate a customized approach to meeting the diverse leadership challenges facing its client organizations. The organization prides itself on its relationships with, and immediate access to, some of the world’s most talented people.

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