December 13, 2007

Hackett Launches Leadership Community For Executives in Finance, IT, HR, Procurement

The Hackett Performance Network Offers Access to Research Metrics & Insights As well as Participation in New Performance Studies and Informational Webcasts

ATLANTA & LONDON, December 13, 2007 - The Hackett Group, a strategic advisory firm and an Answerthink company (NASDAQ: ANSR) today announced the launch of the Hackett Performance Network, an open-access leadership community for executives in finance, IT, HR, and procurement.

The Hackett Performance Network offers members access to Hackett research metrics and empirically-derived best practices insights designed to help them achieve world-class performance and improve efficiency and effectiveness. Participants receive monthly updates from Hackett, including detailed explorations of Hackett performance metrics and select best practice research insights.

Members also have the ability to participate in and view results from Hackett Performance Studies enabling them to compare their company's performance to average and top performing organizations. This includes studies currently underway in areas such as: Finance Shared Services; IT Business Value Management; Compliance; and Planning and Budgeting.

Finally, members are able to participate in select Hackett Webcasts, including those offering CPE credits for qualified finance professionals.

"With the Hackett Performance Network, we're offering executives a valuable and easy way to understand what our best practice research offers, and begin to benefit from it," said Hackett Chief Research Officer Michel Janssen. "The only way to make real sustainable improvements is to know where you are, where you're going, and how to get there. That's precisely the information our research offers, and it has proven its value at literally thousands of the world's largest and most successful companies. Whether you're looking to simply cut costs or are truly focused on being a better strategic partner to your business, there's no better foundation for change."

The Hackett Group

The Hackett Group, a global strategic advisory firm and an Answerthink company (NASDAQ: ANSR), is a leader in best practice research and advisory programs, benchmarking and transformation consulting services, including shared services, offshoring and outsourcing advice. Utilizing best practices and implementation insight from more than 4,000 benchmarking studies, executives use Hackett's empirically based approach to quickly define and prioritize initiatives, and to leverage proven strategies that enable world-class performance. Through its sister company REL, Hackett offers working capital solutions focused on delivering significant cash flow improvements. Hackett has worked with 2,700 major corporations and government agencies, including 97% of the Dow Jones Industrials and 73% of the Fortune 100.

More information on The Hackett Group is available: by phone at (770) 225-7300; by e-mail at; or on the Web at