Executive and Management Team

Workplace Options executive and management team is made up of people with a broad range of technology and business experience from successful startups to fortune 500 companies.

C. Dean Debnam
Chairman of the Board

C. Dean Debnam
Chairman of the Board

Since 1971, Dean has turned ideas into successful businesses. In 1993, he became CEO of Workplace Options and transformed it from a consultancy and management company into one of the world’s largest providers of Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) services and integrated work-life benefits. Dean’s diverse business background has helped him position Workplace Options as the supplier of choice to EAPs, businesses, and third-party vendors around the globe.

Alan King
President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan King
President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan brings more than 35 years of employee assistance and work-life experience to Workplace Options. He was VP at the Ceridian LifeWorks EAP, where he oversaw international resource and referral, provider relations, external training, quality control, and customer service. Prior to that, he managed resource and referral and central database operations at work-life consulting firm Work Family Directions.

Berjin Adibelli
Chief Financial Officer

Berjin Adibelli
Chief Financial Officer

Berjin began her career in finance in 1996 in her home country of Turkey with the Accor Corporation (Edenred). In 2000, she relocated to the United States and worked for Accor’s Work Life Benefits division as Accounting Manager and then as Director of Finance. She joined Workplace Options in 2005.

Jean-Baptiste Gruet
Chief Revenue Officer

Jean-Baptiste Gruet
Chief Revenue Officer

Jean-Baptiste (JB) oversees global products sales, consulting with HR professionals, WPO Global Sales and Account Management teams, and WPO partners worldwide on new business opportunities. Prior to joining Workplace Options, he worked in the U.S. in the global EAP industry. JB co-founded a language and cultural publishing company in Paris, France, and worked for an executive language and training company in London, UK. He currently resides with his family in Toronto, Canada.

Darrell Shipley
SVP Global Service Delivery

Darrell Shipley
SVP Global Service Delivery

Darrell manages Global Service Delivery for all WPO locations, domestic and abroad, while instilling the mission of “First Serve the Customer.” His prior role with WPO was Director of Service Delivery at the Raleigh, NC Service Center.

Stephen Galliano
SVP Global Relations

Stephen Galliano
SVP Global Relations

As head of Global Relations, Stephen works to enhance the development of WPO services around the world. He has worked in the EAP industry for more than 25 years and has extensive global experience in top-level executive positions, including P&L responsibility for a global EAP. He is a licensed psychologist and has worked extensively in global operations. He has spoken at global EAP conferences, is a member of many professional groups and has been featured in industry publications. His expertise and experience brings additional depth and authority to the executive team.

Yves Bassens
SVP Member Experience

Yves Bassens
SVP Member Experience

Yves Bassens is responsible for understanding the needs and expectations of members, focusing heavily on the customer, and guiding strategy to continuously improve the experience for both individuals and organizations supported by Workplace Options. A licensed psychologist with more than 35 years of global EAP experience, Yves is a former CEO of an employee wellbeing organization in France and Belgium. He is an active member of the following nonprofit organizations: ALIAS, EAEF (Employee Assistance European Forum), and FIRPS (Fédération des Intervenants des Risques Psychosociaux).

Lisa Zereski
VP Global Product and Content Development

Lisa Zereski
VP Global Product and Content Development

Lisa’s team develops new products and relationships with product partners and develops Web content that supports WPO clients. Prior to joining Workplace Options, Lisa managed Ceridian LifeWorks’ Affiliate Management programme.

Andrea Carska-Sheppard
General Counsel

Andrea Carska-Sheppard
General Counsel

Andrea is in charge of legal affairs for Workplace Options. Trained in both common law and civil law at McGill Law School, she has lived and practiced law in several countries on multiple continents. She is licensed lawyer in New York State, Canada (Ontario), the Solicitor of England and Wales, European Registered Lawyer and is admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.

Kennette Thigpen
PhD, MSW, LCSW-S
VP of Clinical Crisis
and Specialty Services

Kennette Thigpen
PhD, MSW, LCSW-S
VP of Clinical Crisis
and Specialty Services

Kennette joined the Workplace Options team in May of 2013 as Clinical Operations Manager and transitioned to her current role in 2019. As VP of Clinical Crisis and Specialty Services, she specializes in developing specialty teams, streamlining and implementing processes across global service centers, maintaining unified processes and service quality while adapting to varying cultural contexts. Kennette holds a PhD in International Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as a master’s degree in social work from East Carolina University.

Sarah Wood
VP of Global Work-Life
Products & Services

Sarah Wood
VP of Global Work-Life
Products & Services

Sarah started out on the elder care team, going on to serve as an elder care team lead, a project and resource manager, and the director of learning development. She entered her current role as Vice President of Global Work-Life Products and Services in the fall of 2019. Sarah’s current responsibilities include overseeing the operations of all of Workplace Options’ work-life products and other programs. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Furman University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Arun Raj
Chief Information Security Officer

Arun RanChief Information Security Officer

Arun leads and manages Workplace Options’ information security and privacy compliance programs, maintains compliance with present and upcoming regulations, and provides security control and privacy assurance to various global stakeholders. He has a strong background in information security, cybersecurity and privacy regulations and holds multiple certifications including CISSP, TOGAF 9, Ethical Hacking and Forensic Investigation, ISO 27001, ISO 31000, COBIT and GDPR. Arun came to Workplace Options from Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services, where he served as information security manager. He has also worked in government and infrastructure services sectors. Arun speaks English, Malayalam, Konkani, Tamil, and Hindi.

Alison Brown
Vice President of Global Clinical Quality

Alison BrownVice President of Global Clinical Quality

As Vice President of Global Clinical Quality, Alison is responsible for the development, implementation, and adherence to our global clinical policies and for the provision of Clinical Supervision across the organisation. Prior to this role, she served as a clinical team lead, Service Delivery Manager for the UK, and Director of Clinical Services in Europe. Before joining Workplace Options, Alison worked in a number of people management roles at a major management consultancy firm.

Tonia Lee
Director of Account Management, EMEA

Tonia LeeDirector of Account Management, EMEA

Tonia is responsible for developing our account management team and client relationships throughout EMEA.  Her team is based in London, Ireland, France and Belgium.   Tonia joined WPO in April 2018, prior to that Tonia worked for American Airlines for over 23 years in numerous commercial and operational director and managerial roles in England, Sweden and America. In keeping with WPO’s commitment to work life balance and wellness; Tonia’s is also a certified yoga instructor

Jessica Morgan
Vice President of Global Clinical Service Delivery

Jessica MorganVice President of Global Clinical Service Delivery

Jessica is responsible for ensuring Workplace Options’ clinical services are streamlined and delivered with the highest quality around the globe. She has extensive clinical and management experience gained from working as a psychologist and counsellor both in the community and in private practice. Prior to her current role, she served as a clinical supervisor in the Toronto office and as the Director of Clinical Operations.

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