updated 2/24/2011 5:17:29 PM ET 2011-02-24T22:17:29

CHICAGO, Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII), the leadership advisory firm providing executive search and leadership consulting services worldwide, announced today that Damien Woods has joined the firm's Sydney office as Partner.

Woods joined Heidrick & Struggles from Accenture where, as a Partner, he was Head of the Life Sciences (Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products) Practice and also led the Healthcare Provider Practice for Australia and New Zealand. For over 25 years, he has worked with health, consumer goods, high tech and industrial clients in Australia and Asia Pacific. He has driven many operational performance improvement programs, large-scale transformation and systems implementation programs within both the public and private sectors.

Woods will deliver leadership consulting, executive search and related advisory services to help Australian and New Zealand-based client organizations create leadership teams that are better positioned to manage the ever-changing complexities of their businesses.

He has exceptional insight into the strategic and operational challenges and opportunities organizations in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors face. "Damien's deep knowledge of the sectors will be extraordinarily advantageous to our Australia and New Zealand-based clients," said Fergus Kiel, Managing Partner, Australia and New Zealand. "We look forward to working with him."

Added Charles Moore, Global Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles' Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice: "Damien's unique perspective as a former consultant with an impressive track record of helping corporations leverage their strategic, operational and technology opportunities will be of tremendous value to our Life Sciences and Healthcare sector clients. Simply put, he knows first-hand what it takes to be a true leader in the rapidly evolving sector and the qualities that companies should strive for within their leadership teams."

Woods has a computing science degree from Macquarie University and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

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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