Options Group Appoints Head of Its Classified Strategic Initiative

July 26, 2016 – Global financial recruiting specialist Options Group has named Debbie Freer as head of OGNext, the firm’s classified strategic initiative.

Ms. Freer will be establishing the career transformation organization as a new company within the larger organization of Options Group. Her focus will be on executive leadership as well as building a world class career transformation firm.

In his new role as chief growth officer, Richard Stein will be working closely with Ms. Freer to ensure the correct positioning of the business and the internal alignment of resources to support it.

Most recently, Ms. Freer was global chief transformation officer of UBS AG where she was accountable for transformation within the firm’s corporate center. Before that, she served as U.S. chief operating officer of RBC Capital Markets, and chief executive officer of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, the firm’s U.S. broker-dealer. She was responsible for the day-to-day management of capital markets technology, operations and functions and head of the firm’s U.S. management committee.


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Prior to joining RBC in 2009, she was a managing director and head of client transition at Citigroup Global Markets. Previously, she spent over 20 years at Merrill Lynch, where she held a number of senior roles, including managing director and global head of client services for capital markets and head of product development.

Ms. Freer is an avid supporter of diversity and inclusion efforts within the organizations which she leads as well as supports. She is a senior advisor to OUT Leadership, a global leader of LGBT efforts. Among her affiliations with non-profit organizations, she is vice chair of the board of associates for the Ronald MacDonald House of New York.

“We are taking a major step forward as a firm by naming Debbie Freer head of OGNext,” said Mike Karp, chief executive officer. “We are excited to launch this new initiative in the fall under her leadership.”

Options Group currently operates from more than a dozen locations outside of its New York headquarters, including London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich.

OG iQ will provide solutions in the following areas:

Business strategies — strategic planning and goals, and forecasting of human capital needs.

Executive leadership — professional development, leadership identification, coaching, and onboarding.

Corporate culture — culture assessments.

Performance management — competency assessment, metrics, identification of key talent, and benchmarking.

Hunt Scanlon Media recently reported on other search firms offering more than just traditional recruiting services. Here’s a closer look at just a few of them and what they offer:

  • Several months ago, Korn Ferry finalized its acquisition of Hay Group for $452 million. Hay Group now includes Korn Ferry’s former Leadership and Talent Consulting segment. Hay Group, founded 72 years ago, is a global leader in people strategy and organizational performance and is sure to give Korn Ferry the heft it was seeking to service clients well beyond its executive search core offering.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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