CDI Corporation

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CDI Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NYSECDI
Industry Engineering, Technology, Staffing
Founded 1950
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people Walter R. Garrison, Chairman of the Board;
Paulett Eberhart, CEO, President and Director

Increase $ 1.105 billion (FY 2012)[1]

Operating income Increase $ 32.266 million (FY 2012)[1]
Net income Increase $ 19.443 million (FY 2012)[1]
Total assets Increase $ 400.705 million (FY 2012)[1]
Total equity Increase $ 278.971 million (FY 2012)[1]
Employees 800 (December, 2012)[1]

CDI Corporation is a multinational company providing engineering, information technology and staffing services to clients in a range of industries including energy, chemical, aerospace, defense, transportation and financial services. The company employs 800 staffers and approximately 9,300 billable employees,[1] and is headquartered in Philadelphia.


CDI Corps' Philadelphia Headquarters at 1717 Arch Street, a.k.a The Bell Atlantic Tower.

CDI Corporation was founded in Philadelphia in 1950 as Comprehensive Designers, Inc. The company provided temporary technical services to manufacturing industries, including servicing the growing automotive and defense industries.[2] In 1956, Walter R. Garrison, an engineer with Boeing, joined the company as its Chief Engineer. In 1961, Garrison and two colleagues bought the company.

In 1972, the company diversified into the field of job placement by buying Management Recruiters International, a firm that focused on providing permanent management talent for clients.[3]

In 1973, Comprehensive Designers, Inc. changed their name to CDI Corporation.[2]

In 1982, the company began further diversification into temporary staffing services of clerical and unskilled workers, adding offices nationwide under the name Today's Staffing.

By the end of 1994, the company reported over $1B in revenue in the three core areas of technical services, temporary services and Management Recruiters, with approximately 3,000 customers.[4]

In March 1997, the company elected Mitch Wienick to the position of CEO and President, to replace the retiring Walter Garrison. Garrison remained on the company's board of directors.[5] In 1999, CDI purchased executive headhunting firm Humana International, further expanding its mid-level management search and recruitment services through the addition of Humana's 136 franchised offices in Europe and Asia.[6]

In 2001, Mitch Wienick announced his retirement and Roger H. Ballou was elected as CDI's new president and CEO.[2] In 2003, CDI announced the acquisition of AndersElite, a United Kingdom-based provider of building and construction professionals on a permanent and temporary basis.

In 2011, Paulett Eberhart was announced as CDI's new President and CEO, replacing the retiring Roger Ballou.[7]


CDI Corporation operates with three business units: Engineering Services, Staffing Services and Technology Solutions. CDI also operates two subsidiary companies: MRINetwork and AndersElite.[8]

Engineering Services[edit]

The Engineering Solutions division provides engineering design services and business solutions for the Oil, Gas & Chemical, Aerospace & Industrial Equipment, Infrastructure, and Government Services industries. This group includes the computer and technical services divisions of United Engineers Inc., which CDI acquired in 1993.[9]

Staffing Services[edit]

CDI's Staffing Services division provides workforce management solutions including staffing consulting services.

Technology Solutions[edit]

CDI provides information technology solutions to support clients’ IT operations.


MRINetwork is a recruitment organization that provides staffing options, ranging from retained or contingency search, to contract staffing and recruitment process outsourcing solutions.


AndersElite is CDI Corp's professional services staffing business in the UK, providing permanent, temporary and contract recruitment services.

Awards and recognition[edit]

CDI was selected as the 2013 Outsourcer of the Year by HDI, a professional association and certification body for technical service and support professionals. CDI was honored for "its commitment to excellence, efficiency and service quality." [10] CDI's Virginia security team was honored by the Department of Defense with the James S. Cogswell award for providing Outstanding Industrial Security.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "CDI Corp, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Mar 1, 2013". Retrieved Mar 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "CDI Corporation History". Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  3. ^ "MRINetwork Recruiting Pioneers". Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  4. ^ "10-K Annual Report". 1995-03-02. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Form 10-Q Quarterly Report". 1997-08-08. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  6. ^ "CDI acquires Humana International". Philadelphia Business Journal. 1999-04-04. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Paulett Eberhart Named President, CEO and Director of CDI Corp". PR Newswire. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  8. ^ "History of CDI Corporation". 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  9. ^ Christopher Geehern. "Philadelphia company buys UE units", Union-News (Springfield, Massachusetts), March 6, 1993, Business section, page 14.
  10. ^ "HDI Team Excellence Award". HDI. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  11. ^ "CDI Corp.'s Security Team in Portsmouth, Virginia Honored By Department of Defense for Outstanding Industrial Security". PR Newswire. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 

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