updated 12/6/2010 5:15:19 AM ET 2010-12-06T10:15:19

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII) announced the promotion of Stephen Beard, 39, to executive vice president and general counsel for Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. He will have responsibility for all of the company's worldwide legal activities.

Beard joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2003 as assistant general counsel and was promoted to vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief compliance officer in 2008, where he led the company's compliance, governance, and transaction activities. Beard also served as Heidrick & Struggles' assistant corporate secretary.

Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Beard worked with Schiff Hardin, LLP, in Chicago where he was a member of the firm's corporate and securities practice group, representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and corporate governance matters. Beard began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr., Associate Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Beard received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.

About Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., (Nasdaq:HSII) is the leadership advisory firm providing senior-level executive search and leadership consulting services, including succession planning, executive assessment and development, talent retention management, transition consulting for newly appointed executives, and M&A human capital integration consulting. For almost 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 .

CONTACT:  Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
          Wendi Taylor Nations
          +1 (312) 496 1810

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