SHL and PreVisor Merge to Create Global Leader in Talent Management

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LONDON and ATLANTA, Jan. 11, 2011 /CNW/ -- Two of the biggest talent assessment pioneers, SHL and PreVisor, today announced they have merged to create the global leader in talent management. The combined company will be known as SHL, delivering more than 15 million assessments annually in over 150 countries and over 30 languages. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Both SHL and PreVisor are privately held companies.

The new organization will transform the talent management market by bringing together best-in-class innovation, assessment science and services to improve the business results and performance of organizations through superior people decisions. The merged company will be able to provide customers with the broadest range of assessment solutions for roles at all levels and to support decisions from recruitment to succession planning, in more languages and countries than any other talent management provider.

"As the economy improves, organizations are looking for globalized, integrated, science-based solutions for recruiting and talent assessment," said Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates. "The merger of SHL and PreVisor creates a global market leader that can both advance the state of the industry and meet the needs of growing companies around the world."

"As organizations look longer-term to support their growth objectives, quicker and more accurate visibility into talent gaps and workforce readiness is critical", said Kevin Martin, Senior Vice President of Research Operations at Aberdeen Group. "The merger between SHL and PreVisor brings together two leaders in pre- and post-hire assessments that combined has the potential to support an organization's global talent management needs from entry-level to executive job roles."

The combined company will have over 850 employees with a presence in more than 50 countries, and through the merger becomes the largest employer of business psychologists anywhere in the world outside the public sector. These capabilities alongside a world-class consulting practice and a 24-hour customer support center means SHL will be able to offer clients both global expertise and local insight, alongside access to over 1,000 assessments through an easy-to-use technology platform.

"For more than 30 years, SHL and PreVisor have been at the forefront of talent management, and so the announcement of our merger is an industry-defining moment," said David Leigh, Chief Executive Officer, SHL, who will become CEO of the newly formed SHL Group. "This decisive move will accelerate the creation of a truly global leader in people intelligence, fundamentally changing the talent management market. The scientific rigor, innovation and technology leadership combined with the largest pool of industry experts and data, will make us the foremost global authority on driving business benefit through more effective people decisions."

"This is a significant day for our customers, partners and employees across the globe. By joining forces we will be able to drive even greater innovation and value within the talent management marketplace," said Noel Sitzmann, Chief Executive Officer, PreVisor. "Through the science of people intelligence, the company will be able to embed talent assessment solutions within our clients' processes, improving hiring and development decisions and generating greater ROI for their talent management programs."

SHL will be headquartered in London, with offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia / New Zealand.

The scale of services available to clients is the reason why over 50% of the Fortune Global 500, 80% of FTSE 100 and half of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) count on SHL and PreVisor for their people and talent management solutions and services, including Barclays, Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Sprint, Target, Time Warner Cable, UnitedHealth Group, Vodafone, and Xerox Corporation.

SHL is a portfolio company of UK-based private equity firm Hg Capital, and PreVisor is a portfolio company of US-headquartered private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS). By way of the merger, Hg and VSS shall each continue their ownership of the combined company in partnership.

For additional information on the merger and the combined business please go to www.previsor.com/merger.

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    About SHL
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SHL was founded in 1977 and is the global leader in talent assessment solutions, supporting organizations in the selection, performance management and development of people at all levels and across all sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with a presence in more than 50 countries and in more than 30 languages, SHL offers the world's largest portfolio of assessment tools, creating innovative solutions to help organizations increase productivity and gain competitive advantage through improved people performance. SHL works with thousands of the world's best known organizations. For more information visit the website at: www.shl.com.

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    About PreVisor
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PreVisor, the leading provider of on demand employment assessments and talent measurement solutions, helps clients connect employment decisions to business results in the United States. Following the rigorous standards of industrial-organizational psychology, PreVisor's assessment content accurately predicts on-the-job performance and supports fair hiring practices. PreVisor's solutions help streamline hiring, reduce recruiting and training costs, and improve corporate performance for clients worldwide, including more than 125 of the Fortune 500. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Tampa, London, and Sydney. For more information visit the website at: www.previsor.com.

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For further information: EMEA, Giles Peddy, Hotwire, +44(0)20-7608-4656, giles.peddy@hotwirepr.com, or Americas, Kevin McLaughlin, Resound Marketing, +1-609-279-0050 x102, kevin@resoundmarketing.com, or Asia Pacific, Frances Dwyer, IMPACT Communications Australia, +61-2-9519-5411, frances@impactcommunications.com.au Web Site: http://www.shl.com http://www.previsor.com

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