Korn/Ferry International Signs Agreement to Acquire Lore International Institute, a Global Provider of Leadership Development Services



    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 /CNW/ -- Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:   KFY), a
premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced that
it has executed definitive purchase agreements to acquire 100% of the stock of
Lore International Institute, Inc., a global provider of leadership
development, executive education and coaching services.  The transaction,
which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close within
the next 30 days.  Korn/Ferry anticipates that the acquisition of Lore will be
accretive to earnings in the first 12-18 months of ownership.
    "Our vision is to provide our clients with best-in-class solutions to
help them attract, develop, retain and sustain top talent," said Gary D.
Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry. "By acquiring Lore, we strengthen our client
offerings, deepen our Leadership and Talent Consulting team, add new
capabilities to help clients achieve their strategic talent initiatives, and
have an opportunity to work with an impressive roster of clients that have had
multi-year relationships with Lore."
    Lore, based in North America and Europe, will become a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Korn/Ferry International, and will be part of the company's
Leadership and Talent Consulting business.  Terry Bacon, Chairman and CEO of
Lore, and all other key members of Lore's senior management team will join
Korn/Ferry.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
    "We share the same vision as Korn/Ferry of helping clients maximize the
potential of their talent," said Terry Bacon, Chairman and CEO of Lore.
"Korn/Ferry provides Lore with the global reach, customer access and
investment capital that will allow us to serve clients even more effectively,
and to grow our business exponentially."
    Founded in 1989, Lore International has been helping global organizations
build the finest leadership teams in the world for nearly two decades. The
company's approach to developing world-class business leaders is based on a
keen understanding of how high-achievement individuals learn, coupled with
Lore's ability to create learning experiences that have an immediate and
profound impact on the person and the organization.
    Over the past decade, Lore has worked with many diverse clients ranging
from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies. With forty percent of its
work completed outside the United States, Lore has become one of the top
international leadership and professional development institutions.
    "Lore has built a unique and widely respected position in the leadership
development market," said Ana Dutra, CEO of Korn/Ferry's Leadership and Talent
Consulting business.  "We see immediate synergies and huge growth
opportunities through the addition of Lore's consultants and service
offerings."
    
    About Korn/Ferry International
    
    Korn/Ferry International, with more than 90 offices in 39 countries, is a
premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles,
the firm delivers an array of solutions globally that help clients to attract,
develop, retain and sustain their talent. For more information on the
Korn/Ferry International family of companies, visit http://www.kornferry.com.
    
    Safe Harbor
    
    This news release includes forward looking statements within the meaning
of the securities laws.  The statements in this news release regarding
anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Lore and other statements that
are not historical facts are forward looking statements.  The words "believe,"
"estimate,"  "project," "forecast," "plan" and similar expressions are
intended to identify forward looking statements.  Forward looking statements
reflect our management's analysis and judgements based on currently available
information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward
looking statements.  The actual results from the acquisition of Lore may
differ materially from the anticipated results reflected in this news release
as a result of (i) unanticipated problems encountered in integrating Lore's
operations with Korn/Ferry, (ii) the loss of the services of one or more key
employees of Lore and (iii) credit constraints in the global economy which
reduce the demand for the leadership development services provided by Lore. In
addition, please note the risk factors set forth in our filings with the
Securities Exchange Commission, including those in  our Annual Report on Form
10-K, Part I, Item 1A-"Risk Factors", as updated from time to time in our
quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q.




For further information:

For further information: Americas & Europe, Anneli Ballard,
+1-212-984-9350, anneli.ballard@kornferry.com, or Asia, Marta Grutka, + 65
6231 6215, marta.grutka@kornferry.com, both of Korn|Ferry International Web
Site: http://www.kornferry.com

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