The 2009 Top Companies for Leaders Study Officially Launches Around the Globe

    Hewitt Associates, The RBL Group and Fortune Again Partner to Undertake
    the Most Comprehensive Global Leadership Study

    TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Which companies are best when it comes to
leadership? On January 9, 2009, organizations around the world will be able
participate in the Top Companies for Leaders study, sponsored by Hewitt
Associates, a global consulting and outsourcing company, in partnership with
The RBL Group, a firm dedicated to helping clients deliver strong leadership
and strategic HR capability, and Fortune Magazine.
    "Leadership talent is in short supply around the world, yet a handful of
companies are able to consistently groom and grow great leaders through the
ranks, even in the most demanding talent markets and in the most volatile
economic and financial climates," said Robert Gandossy, Leader of Hewitt's
North American Leadership Consulting practice. "This study will provide
valuable insights on how companies excel at building leaders and enhance their
leadership brand to drive business success. We look forward to partnering
again with The RBL Group and Fortune Magazine to uncover the best practices of
companies that successfully grow and produce great leaders in an increasingly
complex and global marketplace."
    The most comprehensive global leadership study in the marketplace, the
research will examine how organizations choose and develop leaders and
determine if there's a correlation between leadership practices and business
results. The Top Companies for Leaders study will rank top companies from
Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America with innovative
leadership programs. Companies named to the global and regional lists will be
announced in the November 2009 issue of Fortune. Hewitt has conducted Top
Companies leadership studies in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific
since 2002. This is the second year it has partnered with The RBL Group and
Fortune Magazine.
    "In up and down markets, organizations with a strong leadership brand
deliver value to employees, customers and investors," said Dave Ulrich,
Co-Founder of The RBL Group. "We are excited to learn through this study how
to make leadership brand a practical reality. Top companies for leaders invest
in leadership development that turns customer expectations into employee

    Participation Requirements

    All organizations-public or private-can participate in the Top Companies
for Leaders study. Participation in the study is free, and companies will
receive an exclusive research brief available only to the 2009 participants.
The first part of the selection process is simply completing the survey. For
more information on participating, please email

    About Hewitt Associates. For more than 65 years, Hewitt Associates (NYSE:  
HEW) has provided clients with best-in-class human resources consulting and
outsourcing services. Hewitt consults with more than 3,000 large and mid-size
companies around the globe to develop and implement HR business strategies
covering retirement, financial and health management; compensation and total
rewards; and performance, talent and change management. As a market leader in
benefits administration, Hewitt delivers health care and retirement programs
to millions of participants and retirees, on behalf of more than 300
organizations worldwide. In addition, more than 30 clients rely on Hewitt to
provide a broader range of human resources business process outsourcing
services to nearly a million client employees. Located in 33 countries,
including Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and
Regina, Hewitt employs approximately 23,000 associates. For more information,
please visit

    About The RBL Group. Founded by widely recognized HR and leadership
experts Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood, The RBL Group is a global professional
services firm committed to creating value through the effective management of
people and organizations. RBL works with clients to implement cutting edge
leadership practices and to advance the transformation of strategic human
resource management. Their clients include top companies throughout the world
and across a wide range of industries. The RBL Group is recognized as the
trusted advisor to the world's top HR leaders and their senior executives. To
learn more please visit

    About Fortune. FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism known
for its unrivaled access to industry leaders and decision makers. Founded in
1930, FORTUNE magazine has a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and
a readership of nearly 5 million and is home to some of the strongest business
franchises, including: FORTUNE 500, FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For,
America's Most Admired Companies, Fastest Growing Companies and Most Powerful
Women. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand's mission into live settings,
hosting a wide range of annual conferences for top-level executives, including
the FORTUNE Global Forum and the Most Powerful Women Summit. FORTUNE
magazine's online home is, the most visited and utilized business
destination website, attracting nearly 10 million unique visitors per month,
according to Nielsen/NetRatings. FORTUNE, along with MONEY, FSB: FORTUNE Small
Business, and, is part of The Fortune/Money Group, a division of
Time Inc, a subsidiary of Time Warner, a leading media and entertainment

For further information:

For further information: Marcia McDougall, Hewitt Associates, (416)
227-5713,; The RBL Group: Eric Denna, (801)

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