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Clarke Havener Joins Korn/Ferry International to Lead Global Aerospace & Defense Sector

July 30, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced that Clarke Havener has joined the firm's Washington, D.C. office as a Senior Client Partner and Global Leader of the Aerospace & Defense Sector.

Thomas Colella, who has held the role since 2004, will continue client work in the aerospace and defense sector as a Senior Client Partner in the Washington, D.C. office, focusing his attention on client engagements and the market.

Mr. Havener joins Korn/Ferry from Russell Reynolds Associates, where he was leader of the firm's Airlines, Aerospace and Defense Practice in the Americas. He has more than two decades of experience in executive search and formed the firm's Airlines, Aerospace and Defense Practice when he joined Russell Reynolds in 1999.

Mr. Havener serves aerospace and defense companies, government and commercial systems integrators, software companies, and electronic product companies that sell into government and commercial markets. He has extensive experience in leading international assignments and has led numerous engagements in national security, space, surveillance and reconnaissance, and similar markets both in the U.S. and abroad.

"I am very pleased that Clarke has decided to join us, a move that adds a very strong, well-known market leader to our global team," said Scott Kingdom, Managing Director, Global Industrial Market. "Aerospace & Defense is a sector with significant growth opportunity around the world, and Clarke's leadership and expertise will surely make a deep and immediate impact."

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Mr. Havener was President of The Abbott Group, which he co-founded in 1988 to serve clients across Europe and the U.S., concentrating on executive recruiting assignments within aerospace, defense, systems integration, software, hardware, and related areas of technology. His earlier experience included positions with several other executive search firms, a consulting firm that worked on business restructuring, and in sales and marketing with Prentice Hall.

Mr. Havener is a board member of the Wharton Aerospace & Defense Forum, a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association.

Mr. Havener received his A.B. degree from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Korn/Ferry's Aerospace & Defense Sector, which falls within the firm's Global Industrial Market, assists clients in a wide range of specialized areas including: airframes, aircraft engines, aviation electronics, systems, aircraft components, missiles, ground stations, launch vehicles, space systems & services, DOD Contractors, MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul), and aviation/aerospace services.

About Korn/Ferry International

Korn/Ferry International, with 89 offices in 38 countries, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to identify, deploy, develop, retain and reward their talent. For more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, visit

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