Options Group Launches HR Squared Consultants

January 12, 2012 – Global recruiting firm Options Group has opened a new business, hR-Squared Consultants, focused on providing human capital solutions, client-tailored strategic studies, and quantitative products to the financial services industry. hR-Squared Consultants will operate as a separate division of Options Group and is expected to complement the firm's core search business by serving the broader HR needs of Options Group clients. hR-Squared Consultants will be led by Jim Ward, a managing director based in Newport Beach, CA and by Steve Cohn, a managing director based in New York. Mr. Ward brings over 25 years' experience in the field of human resources. He was previously the global head of HR at PIMCO. Mr. Cohn has been with Options Group for 18 years, mainly recruiting statistical arbitrage traders for hedge fund clients. Michael Karp and Ike Suri, managing partners at Options Group, commented: “An important link to Options Group value chain by leveraging our existing client relationships and research capabilities. The combined expertise of this team will enable us to build a best-in-class HR consulting business.”

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