June 25, 2009 – Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC) and Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International will partner on a diversity recruitment initiative designed to help attract a broader and more diverse talent pool to MMC. Under the agreement, Heidrick will manage the new partnership and give at least 10 percent of its work for MMC to women- and minority-owned executive search firms, and will also help these firms identify other opportunities where their services may be of assistance to the company. Heidrick's management of this process will help MMC fulfill a commitment to recruit diverse candidates and cultivate diversity among its vendors. "MMC is committed to providing our global client base with the innovative solutions and unique perspectives of a diverse workforce, while fostering an inclusive environment that encourages the highest level of confidence among both clients and employees," said Orlando Ashford, SVP and chief HR officer at MMC. "As we sought to expand the reach and impact of this philosophy, MMC searched for a firm to partner with us – not only to locate and develop diverse talent, but also to open doors in the industry for women- and minority-owned firms.” Marsh & McLennan is a professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital.