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Executives Delay Retirement Plans According to Korn/Ferry Executive Quiz

May 21, 2009

Results Reveal that More than Half of Executives Plan to Retire After Age 64

Concern About Losing Baby Boomers from the Workforce Increases

LOS ANGELES, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The reality of deflated retirement savings accounts may be causing global executives to re-evaluate how long they stay in the workforce. The latest Executive Quiz released by The Korn/Ferry Institute reveals that a majority - 52 percent - of executives plan to retire at age 64 or higher, a jump of eight percent compared with results collected in 2004 when Korn/Ferry last surveyed executives about retirement plans.

Regardless of retirement age, the survey results reveal that the majority (63 percent) of executives are planning to work later in life than they expected just three years ago. Only 25 percent of executive respondents have not changed their retirement expectations recently. When asked if their company provides adequate retirement benefits, 53 percent of executives said no, 39 percent said yes and a surprising eight percent said they were not sure of their company's retirement program.

While executives may plan to work until later in life, results also show that companies are increasingly concerned about losing critical knowledge that resides in Boomer-age employees. Forty-eight percent of respondents said their companies are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about losing critical knowledge as Boomers retire, up seven percent from 2004.

"While Boomers are planning to stay in the workforce longer than originally planned, there is still a real sense of urgency for companies to benefit from their experience and ensure that this knowledge is handed down to the next generation of leaders," said Joe Griesedieck, vice chairman and managing director, Korn/Ferry. "Implementing programs to facilitate a seamless information exchange from one generation of executives to the other continues to be a critical issue impacting corporations worldwide."

When directly asked if the economy was to blame for altering retirement plans, executives were split. Nearly half (48 percent) said yes - whether it be a delay in retirement age (32 percent), change in savings strategy (14 percent) or taking early retirement (two percent). The remaining 52 percent believed the economy has not had a direct impact on retirement plans.


The Korn/Ferry International Executive Quiz is based on a global survey of executives registered within the firm's online Executive Center, Respondents from 70 countries, representing a wide spectrum of industries and functional areas, participated in the most recent Executive Quiz in April and May 2009.

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SOURCE Korn/Ferry International -0- 05/21/2009

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