Chicago United Selects Heidrick & Struggles' Stephen W. Beard as a 2013 Business Leader of Color

Chicago United Selects Heidrick & Struggles' Stephen W. Beard as a 2013
Business Leader of Color

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles International
(Nasdaq:HSII), the premier professional services firm focused on serving the
leadership needs of top organizations globally, is pleased to announce that
Stephen W. Beard, its General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, is one
of 45 local business executives to be featured in Chicago United's newest
Business Leaders of Color (BLC) publication.

The publication highlights exceptional corporate and civic leaders who
currently serve, or are ready to contribute, as board directors for Fortune
1,000 companies. The Chicago United Business Leaders of Color are recognized
as individuals who, in the face of complex global economies, have combined
vision with the ability to execute on strategies. These leaders were selected
from more than 110 exceptionally qualified nominees.

Chicago United is an advocacy organization that promotes multiracial
leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. It has
presented the Business Leaders of Color publication biennially since 2003.
Past BLC members include First Lady Michelle Obama; Valerie B. Jarrett, senior
advisor to President Barack Obama and Don Thompson, chief executive officer of
McDonald's Corp.

Beard is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and as General Counsel is
responsible for managing the firm's legal, regulatory and policy matters
globally. As Chief Administrative Officer he has responsibility for the
company's Human Resources, Marketing and Corporate Development functions.
Beard also serves as Chairman of the City of Chicago's Board of Ethics.

"Chicago United is proud to have showcased 224 board-ready candidates
biennially between 2003 and 2011," said Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of
Chicago United. "During this time, these men and women have rendered service
in 135 corporate directorships. It is a remarkable record and we anticipate
many of the 2013 BLC will join the ranks of their predecessors."

About Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII) is the premier provider
of senior-level Executive Search, Culture Shaping and Leadership Consulting
services. 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 Chicago United

Chicago United is an advocacy organization that promotes multiracial
leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago
United supports the business community's need to maximize the use of corporate
and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders
to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Chicago United is the premiere business membership organization creating an
environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level managers can share
common experiences to promote multi-racial leadership in governance,
management, and business partnerships. It delivers best practices for
diversity practitioners and fosters relationships among leaders who share
common values.

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

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