Heidrick & Struggles CEO Kevin Kelly Participates in Women and Economic
Decision-Making Panel Discussion During World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
High-Profile Plenary Session Includes Some of World's Most Accomplished Women
CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles International,
Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII), the premier provider of Executive Search and Leadership
Consulting services worldwide, today announced that Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Kelly was part of a high-profile panel on gender parity during the 43^rd
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Kelly was part of a prominent seven-member panel focused on "Women in Economic
Decision-Making" that highlighted examples of women leading high-level
economic decision-making and the mechanisms that advance gender parity and
representation in senior leadership.
The panelists included: Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University;
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the
International Monetary Fund; Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for
Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship; Laura Tyson, Economist and
Professor at Haas School of Business and Lubna Olayan, CEO of Olayan Financing
Asked to comment on Heidrick & Struggles' recently released Board of Directors
survey, which found sharp disagreement between men and women directors on
board diversity and the use of quotas, Kelly said: "Although quotas did not
garner overwhelming support from either gender, more than half of all female
respondents (51 percent) agreed that quotas are a useful tool to affect
meaningful change, while only a quarter of the men shared the same view.
Progress on improving female representation on boards has been slow to come
and for that reason we see greater willingness among women to entertain the
topic of quotas."
Kelly also noted that "gender diversity isn't about simply increasing the
number of women at senior levels – it is about bringing varied, important and
relevant perspectives to boards and executive committees that raise the
overall quality of their collective performance."
The 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is taking place from January
23-27 under the theme Resilient Dynamism. More than 2,500 participants from
over 100 countries are taking part in the meeting. Participants include nearly
50 heads of state or government and more than 1,500 business leaders from the
Forum's 1,000 Member companies, as well as representatives from the media,
academia and the arts. This is the sixth year Heidrick & Struggles has
attended The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting as a Strategic Partner.
About Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII) is the premier provider
of senior-level Executive Search and Leadership Consulting services, including
culture shaping, executive assessment, succession planning, board
effectiveness, leadership development and leadership strategy. For 60 years,
we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through
our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick &
Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North
America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about
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