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Korn/Ferry International To Lead National Search for New U.S. Soccer Secretary General


CHICAGO (Tuesday, March 14, 2000) - U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia announced today that Korn/Ferry International Sports Division, led by Cathy Griffin, has been retained to lead the nationwide executive search for the Federation's next Secretary General, replacing Hank Steinbrecher, who resigned on Feb. 29 after nine years in the position. Korn/Ferry International is the world's leading executive search firm, with over 70 offices in more than 40 countries, and specializes in senior-level executive searches throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

"Replacing the extraordinary leadership of Hank Steinbrecher across the last nine years, requires a comprehensive national search," said Contiguglia, "and a firm with the reputation and track record of Korn/Ferry International. U.S. Soccer's own search committee will work closely with Korn/Ferry International in the complicated process of pinpointing qualified candidates for this challenging and important role at Soccer House."

U.S. Soccer's search committee includes Contiguglia, immediate past presidents Alan I. Rothenberg and Werner Fricker, Nike President Tom Clarke and Athlete Representative Mary Harvey.

Drawing on the experience and expertise gained over 30 years, Korn/Ferry International has developed an in-depth understanding of the industry, business and management issues faced by companies around the world.

"I am very enthusiastic about working with U.S. Soccer's leadership on this important assignment," said Cathy Griffin, who heads Korn/Ferry International's Sports Sector.

"U.S. Soccer and Korn/Ferry International are noted as leaders in their respective industry category. Our partnership suggests a very promising and productive outcome for soccer in the United States which continues to grow at an enormous pace."

As the governing body of soccer in the United States, U.S. Soccer's goals are very simple and very clear: to make soccer in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States (both for spectators and participants) and to raise our National Team caliber of competition to a world championship level.

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