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named L. Kevin Kelly CEO.

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The Chicago-based executive search firm said Kelly, 41, will also join the board. He'll replace Thomas J. Friel, who announced in June he would step down. Friel will become nonexecutive chairman.

Kelly most recently served as president of the firm's Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific regions.

From 2002 to 2005, he was regional managing partner, Asia Pacific, and he previously led the firm's Tokyo office during 2002. He joined Heidrick & Struggles as a partner in 1997.