Hudson Expands Talent Management Capabilities with Alder Novo Acquisition, New COO

Strengthens Position in North American HR Consulting Market

Jan 17, 2006, 00:00 ET from Hudson Highland Group, Inc.

    CHICAGO, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hudson Highland Group, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   HHGP), one of the world's leading providers of specialized
 professional staffing, retained executive search and human capital solutions,
 today announced that it has acquired the business of Alder Novo, LLC, an
 organizational performance and talent management consulting firm with
 locations in the eastern United States and Canada.
     "Alder Novo is a recognized leader in leadership development and
 organizational performance and represents an excellent fit with our existing
 Talent Management business," said Don Bielinski, chairman, Asia Pacific and
 human capital solutions at Hudson Highland Group.
     Established in 2003, Alder Novo provides services to many Fortune 500
 companies in the areas of strategy implementation, organization strategy and
 design, organization development, leadership development and coaching,
 training strategy and planning.
     Principals from Alder Novo who will be joining Hudson's Talent Management
 practice as a result of the acquisition include:
     * Gerald D. Pulvermacher, Ph.D. has over 30 years of consulting experience
       in the areas of executive team development, leadership development at
       all organization levels, and strategic change leadership. He has worked
       with numerous public and private sector organizations in North America,
       Europe and the Caribbean.
     * Vincent D. Firth has more than 25 years of consulting experience in
       leadership development specializing in strategic approaches to improving
       human and organization performance. He is also an expert in identifying
       and growing leading edge intellectual capital, bringing fresh ideas and
       heightened results to corporate organization learning and development.
     * Andrea C. Zintz, Ph.D. has more than 25 years of experience as a leader
       in human resources, organizational effectiveness and worldwide
       leadership development. As VP of Human Resources, and a Management Board
       member of the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ortho Biotech Inc., she led
       the growth of the company from $40 million to $500 million in a 6-year
       period, and launched two breakthrough products that continue to lead the
     * Ilene Fischer has more than 15 years experience in selling, designing,
       and managing organizational transformation consulting and training
       projects. She has sold and led complex engagements with clients in
       industries as varied as government, healthcare, financial services, food
       and beverage, telecommunications, paper and consumer products.
     Hudson also announced that Robert Morgan, 46, has joined the company as
 chief operating officer of its North American Talent Management Practice.   In
 his role, Robert oversees the continued growth and development of Hudson's
 assessment and talent management offerings in North America, which will
 include the former Alder Novo team.
     Prior to Hudson, Morgan served as the president of the employment
 solutions division and the human capital consulting group of Spherion
 Corporation, where he was responsible for the organization's talent
 development, outplacement, assessment and outsourcing businesses. He led the
 design, development, and execution of a comprehensive strategic business plan
 for the human capital consulting group.  He previously held a variety of
 management positions in HR and strategy for Office Depot and Roses Stores,
     "Our clients are demanding the kind of strategic employment solutions that
 our Talent Management business brings to the table, and this acquisition,
 under the leadership of Robert Morgan, emphasizes our commitment to delivering
 integrated talent management solutions in tandem with core staffing and
 recruiting offerings," said Bielinski. "The Alder Novo team and Robert bring a
 proven ability to deliver high-end consulting solutions with significant
 insight and experience."
     About Hudson
     Hudson delivers specialized professional staffing, outsourcing, and human
 capital solutions worldwide. From single placements to total solutions, the
 firm helps clients achieve greater organizational performance by assessing,
 recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for their
     Hudson is a division of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. one of the world's
 leading professional staffing, retained executive search and human capital
 solutions providers. The company employs more than 3,800 professionals serving
 clients and candidates in more than 20 countries through its Hudson and
 Highland Partners businesses. More information is available at
     Special Note: Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained
 herein, the statements made in this release constitute forward-looking
 statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and
 Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking
 statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, including statements
 regarding the company's strategic direction, prospects and future results.
 Certain factors, including factors outside of our control, may cause actual
 results to differ materially from those contained in the forward- looking
 statements, including risks associated with acquisitions, including the
 integration and management of the Alder Novo business, economic and other
 conditions in the markets in which we operate, competition, seasonality and
 the other risks discussed in our Form 10-K and our other filings made with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission, which discussions are incorporated in this
 release by reference.

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