Exelis, Korn Ferry and Points of Light help veterans leverage military experience for success in civilian leadership roles

  Exelis, Korn Ferry and Points of Light help veterans leverage military
  experience for success in civilian leadership roles

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MCLEAN, Va. -- June 17, 2014

Through its employee volunteer service program Exelis Action Corps, defense
and aerospace company Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has partnered with Korn Ferry (NYSE:
KFY), a single source of leadership and talent consulting services, and
nonprofit organization Points of Light to host the second cohort of Leveraging
Military Leadership Program (LMLP). The program helps new veterans apply their
leadership experience to civilian positions.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than one million military
service members are projected to leave the military in the coming years. The
LMLP teaches veterans how to strengthen their personal, interpersonal and
executive communication skills, clearly articulate their unique value, and
chart their professional journey based on a strong career strategy.

The second session will kick off June 20-22 in McLean, Virginia and will
include a class of 37 veterans from nearly all branches of service with
military experience ranging from staff non-commissioned officers to senior
officer ranks. The participants will benefit from a team of global leadership
experts from Exelis and Korn Ferry who will lead three days of onsite
instruction, group exercises and lectures. The in-residence portion of the
program will be followed by four months of focused offsite, online, and
integrated learning components, as well as individual coaching – the same
research-based leadership development services offered by Korn Ferry to
Boards, CEOs and senior executives at leading global organizations.

Derek Gordon, a veteran Navy E2C pilot, recently began working as a consultant
at a prominent consulting firm after leaving active duty in April. He credits
the LMLP with helping him to prepare for job interviews. He participated in
the first class session of the program, which kicked off Jan. 24-26.

“When I made the decision to leave the military, the job search and interview
process was a looming unknown that I had really never faced. When I attended
LMLP I was entering into final-round interviews with multiple external
consulting agencies and large technology and pharmaceutical companies,” said
Gordon. “The insight of what employers were looking for and the added practice
of simulated interviews with feedback from professional head hunters gave me
the polish, fine tuning and confidence needed to succeed in that final, most
important step. Finally, the career coaching provided after the seminar
allowed me to hit the ground running as I began my new career journey.”

"Our goal is to help military leaders capitalize on the world-class
development they have already received andapply it to leading in civilian
organizations," said Noah Rabinowitz, senior partner, global lead for
Executive Leadership Development, Korn Ferry. "This program helps them create
a vision, strategy and action planand gives them the tools to translate their
military experience into meaningful accomplishments that are relevant to the
civilian recruiter or hiring manager."

“As a veteran who has made the transition from the military to the civilian
workforce, I recognize some of the challenges that veterans are facing today,”
says Erica Jeffries, chief inclusion and diversity officer at Exelis, and one
of the program’s founders. “Our program helps veterans to navigate those
challenges and encourages them to seek out the opportunities that will
leverage their talents and skills.”

“Military leaders who are transitioning into civilian roles have the greatest
success when they train themselves to step away from a military top-down
leadership style and adapt a collaborative and sometimes ambiguous
decision-making style often found in corporate settings,” said
BernadineKarunaratne, president, U.S. Government consulting services, Korn
Ferry. "We are honored to assist them as they embark on their new journey.”

The Leveraging Military Leadership Program will convene multiple times a year
and will be held in various sites across the country.

About Exelis Action Corps

The Exelis Action Corps is the signature volunteer service program for Exelis,
a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services
company. Exelis Action Corps is designed to allow nearly 17,000 Exelis
employees to give back to their communities by serving military service
members, veterans and their families. Exelis leverages a 50-year legacy of
deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable,
mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in timing and
navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, image processing and distribution,
communications and information systems, logistics and technical services; and
we are focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and
analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in
McLean, Va., Exelis employs about 17,000 people and generated 2012 sales of
$5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or
connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Korn Ferry International

At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our
inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership.
Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to
empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Our solutions range from
executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise
learning, succession planning and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Visit
www.kornferry.com for more information on Korn Ferry, and
www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer
service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the
world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of
nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in
30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear
where it’s needed most. For more information, go to


Jill Wolf, 703-790-6419
Korn Ferry
Tracy Kurschner, 612-309-3957
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