Options Group Opens In Paris, Appoints Office Head

The New York City-based talent provider looks to take advantage of the growing importance of Paris as a financial capital. The addition of Carole Jean-Baptiste to lead the new office will bring formidable firepower to drive growth and expansion in key areas.

December 19, 2019 – Options Group has opened a new office in Paris to be led by Carole Jean-Baptiste. As part of her primary responsibilities, Ms. Jean-Baptiste will be expanding the Options Group EMEA footprint in asset and wealth management, capital markets, sales and trading as well as fintech.

Ms. Jean-Baptiste was most recently a partner and executive coach at Dune and Catskill Executive Search. Previously, she was a director of financial services at Page Executive and before this was an FX options broker at Fimat-Tullett as well as a senior consultant at KPMG. She earned a master’s degree in economics and finance from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble and is a certified executive coach HEC from HEC Paris.

Ms. Jean-Baptiste will join Options Group as a partner and brings extensive experience in talent acquisition, leadership advisory, and hiring across diversity and inclusion at the executive level in asset and wealth management, sales, trading, structuring, e-commerce, investment banking and capital markets.

“I am delighted to be joining Options Group, a firm with global market dominance and exceptional local knowledge,” she said. “I am impressed by the firm’s ground-breaking technologies that afford clients a unique, competitive edge. I am looking forward to working with this very talented team to provide an enhanced, consultative and market leading service to our clients.”

Solidifying a Mission

David Korn, global chief operating officer and managing partner for EMEA said, “France has always been an important financial center but Paris today has become even more important. France’s strong regulatory framework and the business-friendly reforms being implemented, make this an impactful decision. Hundreds of banks and asset managers in the process of securing licenses to operate in Paris confirms our launch to be both timely and propitious. Our firm is a leader in cross-border talent movements and we will continue to leverage and benefit from all talent flows into and out of London.”


Close-Up: Carole Jean-Baptiste

As newly-appointed head of Options Group’s Paris office, Carole Jean-Baptiste will be expanding the firm’s EMEA footprint in asset and wealth management, capital markets, sales and trading as well as fintech. She was previously a partner and executive coach at Dune and Catskill Executive Search. Previously, she served as a director of financial services at Page Executive and before this was a broker at Fimat-Tullett as well as a consultant at KPMG.

Ms. Jean-Baptiste brings extensive experience in talent acquisition, leadership advisory, and hiring across diversity & inclusion at the executive level in asset & wealth management, sales, trading, structuring, e-commerce, investment banking and capital markets.”I am delighted to be joining Options Group, a firm with global market dominance and exceptional local knowledge,” she said. “I am impressed by the firm’s ground-breaking technologies that afford clients a unique, competitive edge. I am looking forward to working with this very talented team to provide an enhanced, consultative and market leading service to our clients.”


Related: Options Group Releases Annual Pay Data Report to Wall Street

Mike Karp, CEO and co-founder, said: “Carole is a key addition to our senior team in Paris and this move should be a signal to the industry of our commitment to continually expand our market share and leadership in the space across EMEA. Successful leaders in our industry understand that if their organization is to grow in the long term, they cannot hold a ‘business as usual’ mindset, even when things are going well. Firms need to find new ways to increase profits and develop new revenue streams. Having Carole join solidifies our mission in France and across the EMEA region.”


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Bob Reed, Options Group president and co-founder, acknowledged that, “Paris continues to emerge as the favored financial trading hub for continental Europe, as some of the world’s biggest banks and asset managers steer some of their EU operations away from London to the French capital. Options Group is a global leader in the acquisition, development and retention of quantitative professionals and Paris has always been a global center for this type of talent. We are excited about the opportunity.”

Options Group is a leading global talent acquisition and development firm specializing in financial services and technology. For more than 25 years, with 13 global offices, Options Group has taken an innovative approach to facilitating limitless search and intelligence possibilities, according to a spokesman.

According to clients, Options Group has been at the forefront of industry, pioneering a new generation of human talent management solutions through its proprietary technologies where, according to the firm, “research meets recruiting for optimal strategic results.” It is a key differentiator among rivals and meets the demands of organizations eager for real-time intelligence captured through a talent acquisition platform.

Related: Options Group Sees Seismic Shifts in Compensation Protocols

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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