Options Group Launches New Office in Dallas

Options Group announces the opening of its Dallas office, effective immediately, led by Russell Kopp who has transferred from the Hong Kong office to oversee its ambitious growth plan.

As the Head of the Dallas office, Russell will be expanding the Options Group Americas footprint to include a new practice focused on Healthcare in Financial Services as well as all aspects of our equities, hedge fund, asset management, investment banking, private equity, venture capital, and family offices franchises.

Russell is one of our Managing Partners, and for the past seven years led our Asian business from Hong Kong, where he was a driver of the firm’s business development efforts across numerous verticals working with a wide variety of clientele and managed teams both in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore.

Russell’s search experience has been anchored within the C Suite and at the senior investment professional level, primarily within Global Markets, Hedge Funds and Investment Banking. He also has built a robust knowledge base across our Quant, Electronic, and Tech practices. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at HSBC in Hong Kong, directly participating in listing five of China’s six largest banks. He previously worked for Dain Rauscher Wessels, Kleinwort Benson and Barings. Russell has a BSc in Accounting & Finance from University of Minnesota and a DipBA from Manchester Business School. He brings extensive experience in talent acquisition, leadership advisory, and hiring with an emphasis on cross-border hiring at the executive level.

Kopp said, “I am delighted have the opportunity to build a new practice for the firm in Dallas. Our unique franchise provides clients a unique, competitive edge and I am thrilled to be working with this very talented team to provide an enhanced, consultative and market leading service to our Healthcare in Financial Services clients across the US and our Texas-based clients.” Russell has partnered closely with our sector consulting teams and OGiQ, the firm’s strategy and benchmarking group, in providing the critical competitive intelligence required to make the right human capital decisions.

Mike Karp, CEO of Options Group commented, “Russell is a proven leader, insightful advisor and deal maker, 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 the United States.  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 and geographies to increase profits and develop new revenue streams. I’m very excited about Russell leading this effort, as it will add a new pillar (Healthcare in Financials Services) to our franchise and allows us to expand into the growing Texas market.”

David Korn, the President of Options Group said, “Texas, with the 9th largest economy in the world, continues to be one of the fastest growing economies in the US. The financial services industry in Texas has always been a major contributor to gross state product and employs over 800,000 people. Our clients have ambitious strategic human capital growth plans in Texas and we are excited to be right along side them as they build their talent ranks”

Push Patel, Co-COO of Options Group noted that, “Texas continues to emerge as favored locations for many clients. Options Group is a global leader in the acquisition, development and retention of financial services professionals and Texas is emerging as a top location for financial services talent with many leading universities and technical schools located in the state. We are very excited about this opportunity.”

Options Group is a leading global talent acquisition and development firm specializing in financial services and technology. For nearly 30 years, with 15 global offices, both clients and candidates have come to know that Options Group always exceeds expectations with its innovative approach to facilitating limitless search and intelligence possibilities. Options Group is at the forefront, pioneering a new generation of human talent management solutions, through its proprietary technologies where research meets recruiting for optimal strategic results. Its key differentiators are real-time intelligence captured through a talent acquisition platform and original primary research with all the leading market participants on trends, issues, challenges, key performers, and competitor benchmarking. Options Group’s mission is to position its clients as the employer of choice in a very tight and competitive market.

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