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Adecco Launches Adecco International University with IMD

Adecco, the world's largest staffing company, announces the launch of the Adecco International University, in partnership with IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, one of the world's top 10 business schools according to Financial Times and Business Week rankings.

Chéserex, Suisse, Mar 25, 2004 

Adecco's International University will be a platform for building on Adecco's unique expertise in global labour markets to deliver further strategic innovation to clients, and enhanced IP transfer throughout the organisation.  The International University will have two streams - Top Management and International Executive Development.
Jérôme Caille, CEO of Adecco, said: "Recruitment of ambitious, focused and innovative leaders, with a strong international outlook, has been key to Adecco's rapid leadership of the global employment agency market."
"We have partnered with IMD, one of the best global business schools, to further develop our culture of industry innovation, leadership and knowledge transfer throughout our worldwide network of some 28,000 people across 68 territories."
The International Executive Development Programme will essentially be a high level leadership programme for approximately 120 of Adecco's senior managers across the world. Through the partnership with IMD, Adecco will have full access to the business school's resources, including its international network and world-renowned Faculty.
Dr. Peter Lorange, President, IMD, added: "We are proud to partner with Adecco to build and deliver their International University.  Adecco's global knowledge of employment markets is unrivalled, and it will be a very powerful collective intellect to harness further.  The International Executive Development Programme will run as a six-day intensive session for three groups this year, supported with online modules, and we look forward to working creatively with Adecco's leaders from around the world."
Adecco is also launching a separate National University, an online, 24/7 learning tool the purpose of which is to enhance knowledge sharing and develop the leadership and management skills of branch workers.
Caille continued: "We have a strong internal culture of entrepreneurialism, knowledge sharing and best practice management.  The Adecco National University will strengthen this throughout our global network of just under 6,000 branches."
Adecco S.A. is a Forbes 500 company and the global leader in HR Solutions. The Adecco Group network connects 600,000 associates with business clients each day through its network of 28,000 employees and 5,800 offices in 68 territories around the world. Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team with expertise in markets spanning the globe, the Adecco Group delivers an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to corporate clients and qualified associates.
The Adecco Group comprises four Divisions: Adecco Staffing, Ajilon Professional, LHH Career Services and Jobpilot e-HR Services. In Adecco Staffing, the Adecco staffing network focuses on flexible staffing solutions for global industries in transition, including automotive, financial services, electronics, logistics and telecommunications; Ajilon Professional offers an unrivalled range of specialized branded businesses; LHH Career Services encompasses our portfolio of outplacement and coaching; and Jobpilot e-HR focuses on online recruiting activities for the Adecco Group.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland and is listed on the Swiss Exchange (ADEN / trading on Virt-x: 1213860), NYSE (ADO), Euronext Premier Marché (12819).
IMD is one of the world's leading business schools with over 50 years' experience in developing the leadership capabilities of international business executives at every stage of their careers. The majority of IMD program participants come from medium to large corporations and all have an international orientation to their businesses. Many companies, who begin by sending their managers to IMD programs, go on to develop a closer relationship with the Institute, becoming part of the IMD Learning Network, which provides still further learning advantages.
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