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

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

CHICAGO, March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles
International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII), the premier provider of Executive Search
and Leadership Consulting services worldwide, today announced it has for its
sixth consecutive year, partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to
assess the global nominees for the Young Global Leaders for 2013.

Each year thousands of exceptional individuals are identified for this honor,
drawn from every corner of the world. Heidrick & Struggles leveraged 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.

"Our partnership with the World Economic Forum is one we take great pride in,
and partnering to select the best and brightest of the world's future talent
is a great responsibility and honor that we take very seriously," said
Heidrick & Struggles CEO L. Kevin Kelly.

This year, 199 Young Global Leaders were tapped from 70 countries and
represents the best of today's leaders under the age of 40. These leaders are
truly global and come from all sectors of expertise, with 42% women. Europe
logged the greatest contribution to this year's line-up with approximately 25%
of the honorees hailing from, or working in the region.

The honorees come from East Asia (46), Europe (49). Latin America (16), the
Middle East and North Africa (12), North America (40), South Asia (18), and
sub-Saharan Africa (19).

All of the nominations go through an independent evaluation by Heidrick &
Struggles and a selection committee headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al
Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In order to assess the nominees,
Heidrick & Struggles selected team leaders from within its organization to be
responsible for the specific regions. In total, more than 50 global
consultants and associates were involved in the review. Candidates are
selected based on their proven track record of professional accomplishments,
breadth of their expertise, commitment to society and their ability to
overcome adversity, among other criteria.

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
    global challenges.
    
  *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 humankind.
    
  *To positively impact global challenges: by engaging Young Global Leaders
    in collaborative actions that leverage individual contributions in to
    collective action and taskforces. For a full 2013 list of YGLs honored,
    click here.

About Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., 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
Heidrick & Struggles, please visit www.heidrick.com.

About The Forum of Young Global Leaders

Established by Professor Klaus Schwab in 2004, the Forum of Young Global
Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of the world's most
extraordinary young leaders who dedicate part of their time to jointly
addressing global challenges, and who are committed to devote their knowledge
and energy to working collectively towards a better future. Every year, the
Forum honours between 100 and 200 outstanding young leaders from around the
world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and
potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. The World Economic
Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the
state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global,
regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971 and based
in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and
not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.
www.weforum.org

CONTACT: Jennifer Nelson
         +1 (404) 682.7373
         jnelson@heidrick.com

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