LeadersOnline Brings eCruiting Solution to IDG’s ITworld.com

IRVINE, CALIF. — 03/09/2000 — LeadersOnline(TM) Leaders!), a leading Web-based eCruiting solution from Heidrick & Struggles International (Nasdaq:HSII), announced today an agreement that will extend its reach and services to information technology (IT) professionals through ITcareers (www.ITcareers.com).

This powerful alliance combines Leaders!' reputation and experience in Internet recruiting with International Data Group's (IDG) extensive network of trusted IT brands to provide client companies with access to the nation's largest audience of highly qualified enterprise IT professionals. ITcareers, a new online recruiting, career development, and information site, is a tightly integrated service of IDG's premier Web-based information network, ITworld.com.

Focused on placing mid-level managers and emerging executive talent, Leaders! combines Heidrick & Struggles' best executive recruiting practices with the efficiency of the Internet. While Leaders! uses the Web to match candidates with relevant job opportunities, the service maintains the high level of human interaction that most career-minded professionals prefer. Just as ITworld.com provides IT professionals with extensive technical and peer-to-peer resources to address work-related technical issues, Leaders!' eCruiters help solve their candidates' career growth challenges the traditional way — confidentially and one-on-one.

"This agreement provides Leaders!' client companies with the widest access to today's talented IT professionals and tomorrow's IT leaders," said Michael T. Christy, president of LeadersOnline(TM). "IDG's reach and reputation is second to none. With Web sites like ITworld.com and award-winning publications around the globe, IDG attracts technology's brightest professionals — the kind of talent Leaders! clients hope to lure."

"Leaders! is a resource for IT all-stars — professionals at the top of their game who deserve VIP treatment. ITcareers, through ITworld.com, reaches qualified and experienced IT workers with high levels of responsibility. Leaders! takes our talented audience and puts them in the big leagues," stated Mark Williams, ITcareers COO. "Together, Leaders! and ITcareers guide high-tech job seekers — and the managers who need to hire them — through every phase of the hiring process, from salary surveys and creating a best-of-breed environment to electronic matchmaking and one-on-one career counseling. By joining forces, we create a one-stop-shopping environment for prospective employees and employers."

About LeadersOnline(TM)

LeadersOnline(TM) is a comprehensive Internet recruiting service founded on the experience and commitment to quality of Heidrick & Struggles — the world's leading executive search firm. This blend of executive search experience and Internet technology adds up to a powerful and effective strategy. LeadersOnline(TM) enables leading organizations in all industries to access mid-level management and emerging executive talent. The company has headquarters in Irvine, California.

About ITcareers

ITcareers is focused entirely on the career needs of the IT professional. Leveraging ITworld.com's industry-leading editorial, and backed by IT powerhouses such as Computerworld, InfoWorld, and CIO, ITcareers offers IT job seekers at every level the most highly qualified career growth opportunities available. ITcareers encompasses a broad array of recruitment features and services, including job search, e-mail job alerts, relevant career editorials, and Careerwebcasting — an entirely new way to broadcast employment- related material over the Web via streaming audio and video.

About ITworld.com

Launched on February 15, 2000, ITworld.com is the Internet's most comprehensive Web-based information network for enterprise IT professionals, providing a wide array of informative content and business services necessary to stay current and competitive in today's market. A business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading IT media and information services company, ITworld.com is the IT problem-solving network(TM).

At the core of the ITworld.com Network lies content from the IDG News Service and relevant articles from the IDG family of trusted brands, including CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld and Network World. The site also provides original developer content from JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, and Sun World. As such, ITworld.com users have a direct path to a multi-dimensional spectrum of resources — including vendor- supplied whitepapers and product information, industry news, career solutions, and training tools — providing the user with IT peripheral vision. For more information, please see http://www.itworld.com.