The International Paralympic Committee and Adecco extend their co-operation to deliver the "Athlete Career Programme" to Paralympic athletes until 2012

Corporate news announcement processed and transmitted by Hugin AS. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------- Zurich, Switzerland, July 22, 2009: Today, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Adecco Group, the global leader in HR services, announced the extension of the Athlete Career Programme, an initiative designed to facilitate the integration of elite athletes into the labour market, both during and at the end of their elite sporting careers In 2007, the IPC joined with Adecco to make Athlete Career Programme services available to its athletes. The Programme coaches and trains elite Paralympic and Olympic athletes around the world in making the difficult transition from elite sport to a new career by bringing them together with companies around the world. "This programme is an excellent opportunity for Paralympians to address the challenging transition from their sporting career to be successful in their new professional lives. We appreciate the focus Adecco has applied to this opportunity and we are looking forward to a successful extension of our collaboration in the best interest of the athletes," commented Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC. According to Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of the Adecco Group: "It is often difficult for athletes to integrate into the world of work and business life. We provide the necessary education and training to help them prepare for this transition. The placements we offer enable them to find a suitable job or career path that they can follow with the same passion they brought to their sporting careers." Katarzyna Rogowiec, member of the IPC Athletes' Council said: "The passage from being an athlete to having a career outside the field of play takes the courage and determination that we have learned before in competition and Adecco really helps in applying that to the professional world." The Athlete Career Programme continues to increase its support of Paralympic athletes globally through the co-operation with the IPC, the National Paralympic Committees, the International Sport Federations and the Adecco Group. For more information about the Programme, please visit or contact Forward-looking statements Information in this release may involve guidance, expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to Adecco S.A. as of the date of this release, and we assume no duty to update any such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations. Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences. Factors that could affect the Company's forward-looking statements include, among other things: global GDP trends and the demand for temporary work; changes in regulation of temporary work; intense competition in the markets in which the Company competes; changes in the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified internal or external personnel or clients; the potential impact of disruptions related to IT; any adverse developments in existing commercial relationships, disputes or legal and tax proceedings. 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). Adecco Corporate Investor Relations or +41 (0) 44 878 89 89 Adecco Corporate Press Office or +41 (0) 44 878 87 87 --- End of Message --- Adecco SA Sagereistrasse 10 Glattbrugg Switzerland WKN: 922031; ISIN: CH0012138605; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SMIEXP; Listed: Main Market in SIX Swiss Exchange;