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Susan Varnadoe to Lead Korn/Ferry's Enterprise Learning Business

September 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Sept 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced the addition of Susan Varnadoe as head of the firm's Enterprise Learning business, and Senior Vice President of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting.

Based in both San Francisco and Orlando, Ms. Varnadoe has more than two decades of global experience, and is a widely-recognized expert in corporate and online learning. Throughout her career she has driven market development and expansion of technology applications for the leadership learning industry across multiple verticals and globally.

Ms. Varnadoe was most recently President of Ninth House, Inc., a consulting, technology, and award-winning management development and training business. She served on the Ninth House Board of Directors, and was accountable for driving the firm's strategy, brand, technology, new product and solution development, sales, and delivery. As a Board member, Ms. Varnadoe also helped to negotiate the sale of the company to Personnel Decisions International (PDI).

"I am delighted to have Susan as part of our senior leadership team," said Ana Dutra, CEO of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting. "Her experience as one of the founding leaders of e-learning, and as an expert in technology applications, will allow us to bring unparalleled learning capabilities to our clients globally, and to rapidly accelerate our growth."

Prior to Ninth House, Ms. Varnadoe was a Partner with IBM Global Services where she was accountable for custom learning solutions and e-learning content. She also served as President and Board member of Interactive Media, Inc. a public company specializing in custom e-learning solutions for clients in multiple industries. She has lived and worked in both Singapore and Australia.

Talent management expert Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates commented about Varnadoe's appointment, "Organizations need help building formal leadership development and learning strategies, determining what role technology will play, and integrating learning content into their global talent strategies. Korn/Ferry now has an opportunity to build an even stronger business in the global enterprise learning market."

Ms. Varnadoe holds a Bachelor in Communication from Florida Technological University, and a Master in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida.

About Korn/Ferry International

Korn/Ferry International, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, develop, retain and sustain their talent. Visit for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

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