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Adecco Sponsors Tennis Champion Kim Clijsters’ Second Career


Zurich, Switzerland, Adecco Group, the world leading provider of Human Resources solutions, is to become an Official Sponsor of Kim Clijsters. The former top-ranked tennis player recently announced her comeback after ending a two-year retirement.
The 26-year-old Belgian left professional tennis in 2007 to start a family and in February 2008 she gave birth to daughter Jada. During her first career, Clijsters ranked for a total of 16 weeks as the No. 1 tennis player in the world, won 34 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. Her first official WTA Tour comeback tournament will be Cincinnati (USA), starting on August 10, followed by Toronto (CAN) on August 17 and the US Open in New York, which begins August 30.

Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of the Adecco Group, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the comeback of such a great personality as Kim Clijsters. The support of athletes around the world has a long-lasting tradition at Adecco. It embodies our values of helping passionate people to achieve their aims in the world of work and life.”

“I am very excited about starting this partnership with Adecco as I return to competition and start my second professional career,” said Kim Clijsters. “Teaming up with Adecco, a world leader in Human Resources, gives me confidence in taking up the challenge of combining my career with my family life. I feel it is important to partner with a brand which understands people’s motivations, one that gives them the best advice and support to achieve a better working life.”

“Kim represents the perfect example of a great champion who can inspire individuals to live a balanced personal life and achieve ambitious professional goals at the same time” added Erwin van Iersel, Country Manager Adecco Benelux. “At Adecco, we share this vision by encouraging talents to work more effectively and efficiently, and create greater choice in the domain of work, for the benefit of all concerned.”

Adecco also supports the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete Career Programme. The Programme provides the necessary training and education to help Paralympics and Olympic athletes around the world in making the difficult transition from elite sport to a new career by placing them with companies around the world.

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About the Adecco Group
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With over 31,000 FTE employees and 6,000 offices, in more than 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 500,000 colleagues with over 145,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) with listings on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN) and on Euronext in France (ADE).


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