LEO Pharma Wins Chief Learning Officer Magazine “Learning in Practice” Gold Award

“Growing LEO Leaders,” developed and implemented with Korn Ferry International, activates corporate strategy through leadership development.

LOS ANGELES, October 2, 2013 – Korn Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, congratulates its client Birgitte Ellersgaard of LEO Pharma for winning Chief Learning Officer magazine’s coveted “Learning in Practice” Gold Award for the company’s “Growing LEO Leaders” program. The award was announced this week at the 2013 Fall Chief Learning Officer Symposium in Palm Springs, California.

The Learning In Practice awards are given annually to practitioners and providers in recognition of excellence in learning and employee development. Through its “Growing LEO Leaders” program, LEO Pharma has used leadership development to reshape its culture, transform its strategic aspirations into reality and shift from being a science-based European company into a truly global, patient-centric enterprise.

“The program relies on LEO executives to serve as teachers who share company strategy and facilitate a robust exchange of ideas,” said Ellersgaard, corporate head of HR development.  “Most importantly, the program sets LEO up for future success by creating leaders who ‘walk the talk’ by being vital, agile, self-aware and authentic.”

“Having a true partnership with Korn Ferry, based on trust, adaptability and their ability to bring leading content and ideas forward made the difference,” continued Ellersgaard.

“LEO Pharma is an amazing example of how a company can succeed on a global scale by focusing on its people and fostering a culture based on active learning,” said Kathy Woods, Senior Partner for Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting and Global Leader for Leadership Development.

LEO Pharma is an independent, research-based pharmaceutical company based in Ballerup, Denmark. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical drugs to dermatologic and thrombotic patients in more than 100 countries globally.  The Growing LEO Leaders program began in late 2011 and involves more than 450 participants in North America, Asia and Europe.

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