updated 4/11/2011 2:45:48 PM ET 2011-04-11T18:45:48

CHICAGO, April 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII), the leadership advisory firm providing executive search and leadership consulting services worldwide, today announced that Anne Lim O'Brien has rejoined the firm as a Partner in the Consumer Markets and the CEO & Board practices and will be based out of New York.

O'Brien joins the firm from Russell Reynolds where she served as Partner and Co-Leader of their Consumer Products and Services Practice for North America. Having almost twenty years with Heidrick & Struggles, O'Brien previously served as head of the Consumer Markets Practice within the Americas.

Throughout her career, she has kept a special interest in CEO succession and next generation leaders – especially in diversity talent, women as well as internationally experienced executives, based both in developed and developing countries.

"We are very pleased to have Anne rejoining our organization - it is a homecoming and her depth of global experience and connectivity further positions our Consumer Practice for continued growth and success," said Luis Urbano, Global Managing Partner, Consumer Markets. "Anne understands our quality standards, process and culture – we have no doubt she will hit the ground running," said Urbano.

O'Brien has conducted executive search assignments for an extensive range of global Fortune 500 corporations, particularly at the CEO and board levels and those financially sponsored by leading private equity firms. O'Brien started her consulting career in Singapore as an Associate with Price Waterhouse focusing on Southeast Asia clients.  

"Anne coming home is a delight for our team – she has a knack for team development and can build upon key relationships across several business sectors," said Guy Cote, Regional Managing Partner, Consumer Practice.

O'Brien said, "It is a great feeling to return to Heidrick & Struggles. I have immense respect for the Firm's commitment to its employees and to delivering quality, value-added leadership advisory services to clients. This team is extremely talented - they lead the industry and continue to find new ways to improve. I look forward to delivering enhanced solutions to clients on both executive talent acquisition and retention."

O'Brien holds a bachelors degree from New York University and graduated magna cum laude, in accounting. In 2008, she was recognized by Businessweek Magazine as one of the world's most influential headhunters. O'Brien has served as a member of the Women's Leadership Board at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is fluent in three languages; English, Chinese, Malay.

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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