Michael Karp

CEO & Co-Founder

  • Tel: (212) 982-0900

Mike is a founding member and the current CEO of Options Group. He is a leading authority on all aspects of leadership and talent, and has developed an outstanding track record advising clients in all aspects of organizational strategy. With his deep subject matter expertise and his creative and innovative thinking, Mike has been uniquely qualified to grow and reengineer businesses globally. He is an authority on six sigma and best-in-class recruitment strategies. Mike, in conjunction with his Options Group partners, develops and implements the firm’s business strategy and has also spearheaded the opening of 14 offices since the firm’s inception in 1992. Mike’s expertise lies across all areas of international capital markets and investment banking and he is committed to the entire life cycle of talent management from attraction to development.

Mike has spent the last twenty five years creating one of the world’s top brands in executive search and strategic consulting and has been a leading developer of solutions and new products to today’s business challenges. He has provided outstanding leadership and management to ensure that the mission and core values of the company are instilled and has driven the company to achieve and surpass its business goals. Mike was instrumental in creating OG University, the firm’s internal learning and development program, providing optimal professional development and certification in all aspects of our business, from client development, sales, candidate development, and research and analysis to presentation skills, marketing and branding, international business and all aspects of the recruiting value chain.

Mike has been an outstanding motivator in developing high-performance management teams within Options Group and has provided mentoring and coaching as a cornerstone to the management career development programs at Options Group. Mike has been the prime architect of Vision 2020, the firm’s strategic roadmap to make Options Group the top firm of choice with every client in our chosen segments globally; he has been tireless in fostering a success-oriented, accountable environment within the company. In addition to leading the firm’s strategy and growth, Mike is a key driver of and passionate about the firm’s strong culture of performance, loyalty, integrity, and teamwork. Mike is regularly quoted in media publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Bloomberg News and regularly appears on CNBC. Mike serves on the board of directors of various companies and is an active investor in a number of ventures. He attended New York Institute of Technology’s program in Computer Science and Engineering.

  • Financial Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investment Banking