Options Group Establishes Partnership with English First in China

2007-05-24 10:13 1165

SHANGHAI, May 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Options Group, a leading global executive search and strategic consulting firm, announces an extensive partnership with English First (EF), the world's largest private education company that specializes in language training, educational tours and cultural exchange.

Options Group Vice Chairman Gene Shen and Vice President Loran Fredric will speak at EF events in both Shanghai and Beijing and sponsor "Dress for Success" segment during the launch party for EF's new Shanghai center this week.

"Chinese professionals realize the importance of learning the English language and EF and Options Group understand this demand," says Shen, who is leading the Firm's effort into the fast-growing Chinese market. "We believe this will be the start of a growing global relationship with EF," adds Ike Suri, Co-COO of Options Group.

The events will give Chinese professionals the socializing and networking skills, as well as the language and vocabulary required, to succeed in the "New China". EF recently announced their selection as the exclusive language-training provider for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The announcement comes shortly after the opening of Options Group Shanghai, the Firm's ninth office globally and fourth in the Asia-Pacific. For the past two years, the Firm has fulfilled client needs in both Shanghai and Beijing, covering the mainland market out of both Hong Kong and New York, and has native Chinese consultants situated throughout the world.

Options Group and EF recognize the tremendous value-add this partnership brings to EF's students in China, many of whom are studying English specifically to improve their career opportunities. Options Group will leverage its experience in executive search and strategic consulting to provide an additional level of training and insight.

"Options Group continues to expand its presence in emerging markets such as China to meet this growing demand for local professionals globally," says Options Group CEO Michael Karp. Options Group, which is headquartered in New York, also has offices in London, Hong Kong, Newport Beach, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Sydney and Tokyo.

About Options Group

Options Group is a leading global executive search, market intelligence and strategic consulting firm with a focus on the financial services industry. Founded in 1992, Options Group has always prioritized maintaining an intimate relationship with the financial services industry and its key participants. Our geographic reach continues to expand to cover both established and emerging markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Since 2000, our search consultants have placed thousands of financial services professionals in Global Markets, Alternative Investments/Hedge Funds, Investment Banking, Quantitative Research and Technology.

About English First

English First is the world's largest private education company that specializes in language training, educational tours and cultural exchange. English First was founded in 1965 by a young Swedish entrepreneur named Bertil Hult. Our first office was modest and our concept was straightforward: take Swedish high school students to England to learn English. Four decades later, EF Education is a group of ten subsidiaries and non-profit organizations centered around language learning, educational travel and degree programs. Today, EF has over 26,000 employees, teachers and volunteers. With offices and schools in 51 countries, EF has turned the world into a global classroom.

Source: Options Group