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BALTIC REPUBLIC CHOOSES MICHIGAN FIRM TO AID IN 'CAPITALIST' REORGANIZATION

 BALTIC REPUBLIC CHOOSES MICHIGAN FIRM
 TO AID IN 'CAPITALIST' REORGANIZATION
 DETROIT, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The government of Lithuania -- the first Baltic state to declare independence from the Soviet Union -- has selected a Michigan firm to help reinvent itself as a capitalist country.
 HRStrategies, Inc., a national human resources consulting firm headquartered in Grosse Pointe, Mich., has been retained by the Lithuanian government to help reorganize its institutions and workplace structures as the new republic struggles toward democracy and a free- market economy.
 Specifically, HRStrategies is working with the government branch in charge of all privatization efforts in Lithuania. The special branch reports to the elected parliamentary government and will help determine what industries will be allowed to privatize and how they will be regulated. HRStrategies is also assisting the government itself in establishing modern operational policies and regulatory functions.
 "Our assignment includes applying modern personnel selection and assessment techniques, as well as management training," said David P. Jones, Ph.D and president of HRStrategies. "We will also aid in the development of general human resources strategies."
 "We are working to ensure that the skills and knowledge needed to move toward a privatized economy are available and used most effectively," said Jones. "Our current work in helping the Lithuanian government also involves working directly with industries moving through the privatization process."
 In January, Jones and HRStrategies Vice President Dr. John Arnold traveled to meet with Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis and key government officials in the capital city of Vilnius to outline plans for the project.
 "We saw tremendous receptivity to our technology and methods for utilization of the country's people resources," said Arnold, who is manager of the project for HRStrategies. "The newly privatized organizations we toured gave us valuable insight on how our U.S.-based experience can expedite their transition process."
 Arnold, who recently returned from Lithuania, said the biggest task is establishing modern management techniques and strategies to replace Byzantine styles left over from the fallen Communist regime.
 "We are also helping them identify and select effective managers from within government and industry," Arnold said. "In addition, we are helping them structure their work flow to increase productivity and efficiency."
 HRStrategies is also working with textile and garment manufacturers in Lithuania as they move toward becoming privatized businesses. Jones said the experience is also good business and will likely lead to the establishment of a permanent European presence for HRStrategies. "We see tremendous potential in the expanding Europe. We are commencing a plant start-up with an automotive manufacturer in France, and will begin selecting the work force for a cigarette manufacturing plant in Turkey later this summer," Jones said.
 "Today's techniques for choosing workers with the best aptitudes and skills are not U.S. specific -- they can be extended across cultures and nationalities," Jones added. "Advantages of human resources expertise are being recognized by companies locating in all areas of Europe."
 HRStrategies, headquartered in Grosse Pointe, employs 80 full-time staff and has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Hartford, Conn. HRStrategies assists major corporations -- including Bristol- Myers Squibb, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Motorola, Philip Morris, Pepsi-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and others -- in developing skills assessment, employee selection, and programs to ensure legal compliance in human resources practices.
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 /CONTACT: James Preston of HRStrategies, Inc., 313-881-8885; or Bruce Babiarz of the Addison Group, 313-884-5020, for HRStrategies/ CO: HRStrategies, Inc. ST: Michigan IN: SU: CON


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