March 18, 2010 – Global executive search and strategic consulting firm Options Group has added James Ward as an executive director primarily focusing on the alternative investments and asset management sector. Mr. Ward has over 20 years of experience in human resources, including domestic and international positions, initially with Salomon Brothers, Inc. where he held executive level positions in their New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Most recently, he was an executive vice president and head of HR for Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Prior to assuming this role, he served as a managing director for Allianz Global Investors of America L.P. (AGI), PIMCO's parent company. “We welcome James to Options Group, he will be instrumental in building our coverage on the asset management side of the business. His experience and his relationships around the globe will be extremely rewarding for us collectively,” said Michael Karp, Options Group co-founding partner. Founded in 1992, Options Group is a global executive search, market intelligence and strategic consulting firm with a focus on the financial services industry.