LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Minneapolis-based PDI Ninth House, a leading, globally-recognized provider of leadership solutions. In business for over 45 years, PDI Ninth House (PDINH) operates out of more than 20 global locations. The firm is widely regarded for its comprehensive suite of assessment, leadership development and technology-enabled offerings, helping clients to maximize the quality and strength of their leaders. "We believe the combined suite of talent management offerings, rich intellectual property and world-class people will immediately increase Korn/Ferry's depth and scale in being the most relevant leadership organization in the world," said Gary D. Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International." PDI Ninth House not only has capabilities that are a strong fit for our clients, but they share our same vision that despite all of the technological innovations of the past century, it is still great people that drive business success." "PDI Ninth House looks forward to joining Korn/Ferry," said RJ Heckman, President and CEO of PDI Ninth House. "I believe that with the combined strength of our complementary services and aligned approach to R&D and developing new and innovative solutions, we will be unlike anything ever seen in the leadership industry. With Korn/Ferry, we have a partner with a powerhouse brand, global reach and the same passion for delivering leading edge talent management solutions." PDINH will be part of Korn/Ferry's Leadership and Talent Consulting segment. Like Korn/Ferry, PDINH emphasizes the importance of research-based, intellectual property as the basis of its talent management solutions. The firm is also recognized as a leading provider of technology-driven talent management solutions, including an online platform that delivers hundreds of published titles consumed via the web and widely embraced e-Coaching capabilities, as well as interactive learning tools.