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Korn/Ferry International (KFY)

Need a job? Few head hunters were hotter last year than 37-year-old Korn/Ferry International, which has grown from a single office in Los Angeles to 70 offices in more than 30 countries. Since expanding its reach to include middle-management searches seven years back, last year it drove a 38% hike in revenues, to $452.2 million. The hottest segment: its middle management FutureStep group, which this year alone has seen searches jump by 78% by landing one hefty 650-person assignment. A new line of business for the company is the fast-growing trend toward outsourcing. Growth in Asia and Europe has slowed, but with the U.S. economy still minting jobs, Wall Street has taken notice. After tanking last year, Korn/Ferry's stock has climbed by 27% since November, to more than $21 a share.

Company Info

2005 Rank


Market Value*
($ Millions)


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

18.0 %

($ Millions)


Profit Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

206.8 %

Return on Inv. Capital (3-yr.)

9.5 %

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo


Share Price
As of 4/28/06


Return on Equity

16.2 %

P/E Ratio


No. of Employees


Industry Human Resource & Employment Services


Location Los Angeles
Phone 310 552-1834
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 4/28/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Korn/Ferry International provides executive search, outsourced recruiting, and leadership development solutions worldwide. The company offers executive search services for board level, chief executive, and other senior executive positions to clients in the consumer, financial, industrial, life sciences, and technology industries. Its leadership development solutions assist clients with the ongoing assessment and development of their leadership teams. The company's clients include public and private companies as well as governmental and not-for-profit organizations. As of Sept. 7, 2005, it operated 70 offices in 36 countries. Korn/Ferry International was founded in 1969 by Lester Korn and Richard Ferry. The company has its headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif.

Data provided by Capital IQ
Paul C. Reilly

Paul C. Reilly, 51

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Total Compensation*

$ 3,771,708

Total Options Value*

$ 2,979,000

* Fiscal Year 2005

Executive Bio

Paul Reilly has been the chairman of the board and CEO of Korn Ferry International since June, 2001. Reilly served as president of Korn Ferry International since June, 2001. Prior to joining Korn Ferry International, Reilly was CEO of KPMG International from October, 1998. Prior to that position, Reilly served as vice-chairman financial services of KPMG, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. Reilly joined KPMG International as a partner in 1987. Reilly has been a director of Korn Ferry International since 2001. He has been a director of Raymond James Financial since January, 2006.

Management Team

Key Executives

Paul C. Reilly; Gary D. Burnison; Gary Hourihan; Robert McNabb; Robert A. Damon; Chris van Someren; Charles Tseng; Dan Demeter; Don Spetner; Peter Dunn

Board Directors

Patti S. Hart; David L. Lowe; Edward D. Miller; Gerhard Schulmeyer; Sakie T. Fukushima; James Barlett; Frank V. Cahouet; Paul C. Reilly; Kenneth Whipple; Ihno Schneevoigt

Executive Data provided by Capital IQ