Futurestep Expands EMEA Leadership and Operations to Address Growth in Demand

By Futurestep, PRNE
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

LONDON, June 29, 2011 -

Futurestep, a Korn/Ferry Company (NYSE: KFY) has announced
advancements and additions to its EMEA organization to address
growing demand for its solutions in the region. Mark Lee has been
appointed Managing Director, EMEA RPO, Cathy Desmedt as Managing
Director, EMEA Project Recruiting and Jonathan Brown has joined the
company as Director, EMEA Solutions Architecture. In addition,
Futurestep has formally opened an office in Geneva.

As Managing Director, EMEA RPO, Mark Lee oversees all
facets of Futurestep’s RPO business across EMEA, including
execution of local RPO strategies, and expansion and optimization
of Futurestep’s business portfolio in the region. Over the past two
years, he has led the growth of Futurestep’s U.K. RPO operations,
drawing on his deep experience in the industry to drive business
growth. Prior to Futurestep, he served as a business leader for a
major U.K. provider of consulting and outsourced services in
recruitment and RPO.

Complementing its RPO business and leadership expansion,
Futurestep has appointed Cathy Desmedt as Managing Director
EMEA Project Recruiting. In her role, Mrs. Desmedt will oversee the
continued development of Project-Based Recruitment solutions and
related search projects, talent pooling, and graduate recruiting
offerings. Mrs. Desmedt has more than 15 years experience in the HR
Consultancy business, developing and managing large and complex
talent acquisition solutions across continental Europe. Prior to
joining Futurestep, Mrs. Desmedt was a consultant with the Havas
Communication Group, advising global customers in designing and
implementing assessment and recruitment solutions for MBAs and
international talent. She is fluent in French, English and Dutch
and holds a Master in Political Sciences from the Free University
of Brussels, Belgium.

Based in London as Director, EMEA Solutions Architecture,
Jonathan Brown will focus on the identification, design and
acquisition of RPO contracts for the region. Before joining
Futurestep, he was head of assessment & selection and head of
client services at global RPO provider Alexander Mann Solutions
(AMS), where he led solutions delivery for a number of
multi-national organizations. Prior to AMS, Mr. Brown worked as an
associate director at RPO and talent management specialist Reflect,
part of The Hydrogen Group. In addition, he spent five years at the
management consultancy SHL Group where he delivered consulting to
public and FTSE 100 companies. Jonathan holds a Masters of Science
(MSc) in Organisational Psychology from the University of

Finally, to support the growth of its solutions business in the
region, Futurestep has opened an office in Geneva. In addition to
his current role as Director of the Futurestep Lyon office,
Jean-Christophe Puget will oversee the opening and operation
of the Geneva location.

“Futurestep is experiencing significant demand for its RPO and
Project-Based Recruitment solutions across the EMEA region,” said
Joel Perrenoud, President, Futurestep EMEA. “The growth and
advancement of our leadership and operational team addresses that
demand, and it enables us to deliver the business impact that our
clients come to expect from a world-class provider of recruitment

About Futurestep

Futurestep is a Korn/Ferry Company and a leading provider of
high impact recruitment solutions, helping companies build and
implement strategies for improving their talent acquisition
operations. Key areas of focus include Recruitment Process
Outsourcing, Project-based Recruitment, Talent Acquisition
Consulting and Mid-Level Recruitment. With operations on four
continents, Futurestep provides the experience and expertise to
address the most pressing talent acquisition challenges facing
companies today. To learn more, visit

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, deploy, develop and reward their talent. Visit
www.kornferry.com for more information on the Korn/Ferry
International family of companies, and
www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership,
intellectual property and research.

Marisa Kacary of Futurestep, +44(0)20-7024-9491, Marisa.Kacary at Futurestep.com

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