Ex-Korn/Ferry Executive Convicted of Trade-Secret Theft

David Nosal, former regional managing director at Korn/Ferry International (KFY), was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco today of trade-secret theft and hacking for gaining access to the firm’s computer system.

Nosal, who worked for the Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm in Silicon Valley and other locations from 1996 to 2004, was indicted in 2008 on charges that he and another former employee stole the firm’s proprietary information to start a competing business.

Nosal was found guilty on six counts, including conspiracy to transmit trade secrets, unauthorized computer access, unauthorized downloading of trade secrets and possession of stolen trade secrets.

Steven Gruel, a lawyer for Nosal, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail message seeking comment on the verdict.

The case is U.S. v. Nosal, 08-cr-00237, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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