December 6, 2009 – Korn/Ferry International is establishing a Zurich-based consumer markets “hub” that will provide EMEA consumer clients with greater access to the firm’s recruiting and talent management capabilities. Alice Punch, who previously headed the firm’s operations in the Czech Republic, will relocate to Zurich and serve as regional market leader of consumer markets for EMEA. Her primary focus will be on servicing international consumer companies with headquarters in Switzerland. The Czech market will continue to be served by Korn/Ferry’s CEE offices in Budapest, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. “As the recession winds down and in anticipation of a turnaround in EMEA, we’ve established a business model that is poised to seize market opportunities,” said Bernard Zen Ruffinen, Korn/Ferry president of EMEA. “We are proactively aligning our best partners to ensure our clients have deeper, more streamlined access to our diversified capabilities from one specialized hub serving the region. Due to its close proximity to many of the largest consumer-focused companies in EMEA, Zurich is an ideal central base of operations for Alice and her team to deliver talent management capabilities throughout the region.” Korn/Ferry provides EMEA consumer clients with talent management expertise in advertising and marketing services, consumer products, media and entertainment, retail and apparel and travel, leisure and hospitality. Korn/Ferry International, based in Los Angeles and with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a global provider of talent management solutions.
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