DGAP-News: Heidrick & Struggles Revs Up Expertise in Milan to Connect Italian Corporations to Top Leadership Talent

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Heidrick & Struggles Revs Up Expertise in Milan to Connect Italian
Corporations to Top Leadership Talent

03.06.2014 / 06:30


  -- Firm's Italian partner-in-charge anticipates growing need among Italian
     companies for executive succession planning and leadership consulting
  -- With cross-border capabilities, Heidrick & Struggles is particularly
     well positioned to help family businesses grow internationally.

MILAN, Italy, June 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles
(Nasdaq:HSII), a premier professional services firm serving the talent and
leadership needs of top organizations globally, has brought together a new team
of executive search consultants in Milan in anticipation of a national need for
corporations to fill executive roles. 

'Over the next two years, we will see a growing trend among Italian
corporations to place new executives in top leadership positions, including CEO
roles, as we anticipate a wave of senior executive retirements,' said
Allessandra Bassetti, partner-in-charge at Heidrick & Struggles' Milan office.
'Many companies are now working to develop strategic succession plans as they
look to the future.' 

Turnover resulting from retirements will also affect the Italian search
industry itself, Bassetti said. 'Heidrick & Struggles will be uniquely well
positioned in Italy as we have a team of up-and-coming consultants. We will be
among the very few players in the industry who won't be affected by

Bassetti brings a global reach to searches for executive talent as a member of
Heidrick & Struggles global Consumer Markets and Financial Officers practices.
She works on domestic and cross-border projects within the retail, fashion,
luxury, fast-moving consumer goods, food, media, entertainment, hospitality and
leisure industries. 

Heidrick & Struggles works across borders as a truly international team,
Bassetti said. 'We have excellent connections to a deep pool of candidates
throughout Europe and globally, and we operate internationally both in
executive search and in leadership consulting.' 

The firm specializes in helping leaders within entrepreneurial companies grow,
she said. 'We work particularly well with family businesses, the
bread-and-butter of the Italian economy. A trend is unfolding with a number of
successful Italian groups beginning to grow internationally--that really plays
into our strengths. And when it comes to succession planning from a family-run
operation to being run by professional managers, we can ensure it is a smooth
and successful transition.' 

Another strength Heidrick & Struggles brings to its clients in Italy, Bassetti
said, is a stricter discipline around its practices. 'Each of our consultants
is recognized as a true vertical expert with an industry practice,' she said.
Heidrick and Struggles team in Milan includes: 

  -- Laura Barettini, a partner and a member of the firm's global Leadership
     Consulting and Life Sciences practices. Laura began her career in the
     pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland and Italy. She then worked in
     consulting and industrial companies in Italy, before joining a major global
     search firm. She worked there for 12 years as a Partner member of
     international practices Life Science & Healthcare, Financial Services,
     Board Members, and Leadership Excellence.
  -- Niccolo Calabresi is a principal with the firm and a member of the firm's
     global Industrial and Life Sciences practices, as well as the EMEA Supply
     Chain practice. He predominantly specializes in supply chain, top
     management and operations functions and focuses on the transportation,
     energy and automotive sectors.

Bassetti is a co-author of the newly published book Fare Selezione examining
how technical expertise and on-the-job experiences can represent a successful
blend for recruiting winning talent. As part of Heidrick & Struggles' 60 Years
in Leadership program that encourages giving back to local communities,
Bassetti is donating her proceeds from the book to Associazione Italiana per la
Ricerca sul Cancro. 

About Heidrick & Struggles:

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII) is a premier provider of
senior-level Executive Search, Culture Shaping and Leadership Consulting
services. For more than 60 years, we have helped our clients build strong
leadership teams through quality service, deep insights and our relationships
with talented individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles' leadership
experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin
America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. For more information
about Heidrick & Struggles, please visit www.heidrick.com 

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