Heidrick & Struggles International 8-K 2008
Heidrick & Struggles Announces Plans for Additional Cost Savings as a
Result of Current Market Conditions
CHICAGO (December 18, 2008) Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSII), the worlds premier executive search and leadership consulting firm, today announced that it would take additional measures in early 2009 to improve its cost structure including a global staff headcount reduction of approximately 15 percent. The company is unable to quantify the annual expected savings at this time.
Chief Executive Officer L. Kevin Kelly said, Cost savings initiatives that we implemented earlier this year had the anticipated positive impact on 2008 results through the third quarter. However, given search confirmations in November that were approximately 20 percent lower than anticipated and deteriorating global market conditions, we are taking appropriate actions to preserve capital and to align expenses. Reductions in headcount are by far the most difficult decisions, but are necessary to position the company for the future.
Kelly added, There are a number of additional variable costs that we are evaluating as part of our commitment to achieving the highest possible operating margin. But we will also continue to judiciously evaluate opportunities that increase our position of market leadership today and in the future.
About Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. is the worlds premier provider of senior-level executive search and leadership consulting services, including talent management, board building, executive on-boarding and M&A effectiveness. For more than 50 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.
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