updated 2/15/2011 3:47:29 PM ET 2011-02-15T20:47:29

CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII), the leadership advisory firm providing executive search and leadership consulting services worldwide, announced today that Jeannie Finkel has joined as Partner. She will be part of the Financial Services and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) practices and will be based out of Los Angeles.

Finkel comes to Heidrick & Struggles from Trust Company of the West, a leading asset management firm based in Los Angeles, where she served as managing director of HR. During her time she was tasked to develop and direct all aspects of the HR function.

Prior to Trust Company of the West, Finkel worked for Countrywide Financial Corporation (a Fortune 100 organization now owned by Bank of America) leading a variety of enterprise-level talent management functions including: performance management, staffing, diversity and workforce planning. Previously, she spent over eleven years at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., a leading diversified financial services company, in a number of senior HR roles.

"Jeannie is an exciting addition to the Heidrick & Struggles team. She brings a fine-tuned depth of experience and differentiated perspective to our clients in the financial services and HR spaces," said Tim Holt, co-managing partner of the Americas Financial Services Practice and of the Firm's Northeast Region. "Jeannie has a tremendous track record and a professionalism and intensity that will resonate with our clients and fit very well with the dynamic and client-focused culture of our firm."

Finkel holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and completed the HR Executive Program at the University of Michigan. She also sits on the Southwest Regional board for INROADS, a leading national diversity internship organization.

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 .

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