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Bernard S. Zen-Ruffinen Joins Korn/Ferry as New President of EMEA

July 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced that Bernard S. Zen-Ruffinen has joined the firm as president of EMEA. Based out of Korn/Ferry'sZurich office, Zen-Ruffinen will oversee the firm's operations in EMEA and report to CEO Gary Burnison.

He joins Korn/Ferry after more than nine years at Heidrick & Struggles, where he was managing partner of Switzerland, head of the European CEO & Board Practice and co-founder of the global Supply Chain & Transportation Practice.

"Bernard is a multicultural leader with an impeccable track record as a business builder and operating executive. He also has a thorough understanding of our industry and a deep passion for continuing to transform our company into a consultative, solutions-based firm," said Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International.

"Korn/Ferry's diversified model and client approach is completely unique to the industry and I'm excited about the opportunity to help grow the firm's well recognized brand even further throughout EMEA," said Zen-Ruffinen. "I look forward to working with our Korn/Ferry colleagues in the region to drive further exposure of our world-class services."

Before joining the talent management industry, Zen-Ruffinen held executive positions at several companies conducting business in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. He holds a degree in International Economics and Contemporary History from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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CONTACT: Switzerland, Olaf Grewe, +41 (0)43 300 56 55,; or United Kingdom, Sue Matthews, +44 207 786 4822,, both for Korn/Ferry International; or EMEA, Juerg-Herbert Baertschi, +44 20 7312 3178,, or Corporate, Dan Gugler, +1-310-226-2645,, both of Korn/Ferry International
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