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.

Maullika Sharma
Director of Global Clinical Infrastructure

Maullika Sharma
Director of Global Clinical Infrastructure

Maullika has over 20 years of experience in the corporate world. She is WPO’s Global Clinical Manager based out of Bangalore, India, from where she serves the global market. She is a trained counsellor, and trainer and has worked with different demographic populations in different clinical settings ranging from the EAP world to private practice, schools and helplines. She is also a writer and blogger on issues related to mental health.

Sanjay Sharma
Business Solutions - South India

Sanjay Sharma
Business Solutions - South India

As a Director of Business Solutions, Sanjay helps organizations to develop a plan to assist their employees with emotional, physical and practical support to increase wellbeing.

Agnelo Dias
Business Solutions - West & South India

Agnelo Dias
Business Solutions - West & South India

Covering West & North India, Director of Business Solutions Agnelo Dias can assist any organization with a strategy to build employee engagement and wellbeing.

Tamil Anbazagan
Sr. Account Manager

Tamil Anbazagan
Sr. Account Manager

As a senior account manager, Tamil builds strong relationships with his clients in India and has a clear understanding of their interests and needs. In addition to responding to clients’ requests, he provides pragmatic reporting, analysis and consultation. Tamil earned a bachelor’s degree from Guru Nanak College and continued his education with a post-graduate diploma in management from the Institute of Finance and International Management in Bangalore in 2014. He speaks English and Tamil

Nisha Jose Kurian
Director of Service Delivery

Nisha Jose Kurian
Director of Service Delivery

As Director of Service Delivery, Nisha manages Workplace Options’ Service Delivery teams in India, as well as the service centre. Nisha is a professional counsellor with experience supporting individuals, couples and families. Prior to joining Workplace Options in 2015 as Clinical Team Lead, she worked in a similar role with another global EAP provider.

Chetan Kotian
Sr. Account Manager

Chetan Kotian
Sr. Account Manager

As a senior account manager, Chetan builds strong relationships with his clients in India, APAC and the Middle East. In addition to having a clear understanding of their interests and needs, Chetan also responds to client requests and provides pragmatic reporting, analysis and consultation. Before joining Workplace Options, Chetan spent seven years in sales and account management.

Arun Raj
Chief Information Security Officer

Arun Raj
Chief 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.

Jean-Baptiste Gruet
Chief Revenue Officer

Jean-Baptiste GruetSVP Global Business Solutions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Alison Brown
VP of Global Clinical Quality

Alison Brown
VP 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.

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