October 9, 2009 – RiseSmart, a provider of Web-enabled outplacement and job search services, has elected Patrick S. Pittard, the former chairman, president and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles International, to its board of advisors. "Pat is an accomplished executive, a leading authority on human capital matters including recruitment and retention, and one of the most respected and well-connected individuals in HR executive circles," said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart. "We are delighted and gratified to welcome him to our board of advisors." Mr. Pittard joined Heidrick in 1983 and was named president and CEO in 1997. During his tenure, the firm had one of its biggest financial and global growth spurts. He led the merger of the firm's U.S. and European operations, which had operated separately for 19 years, and also led the firm's initial public offering in April 1999, and nine months later its follow-on offering. Since his retirement in 2002, Mr. Pittard has served as executive-in-residence at the University of Georgia's Terry School of Business.
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