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 DebnamChief Executive Officer

C. Dean Debnam,Chief Executive Officer

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,
Chief Operating Officer

Alan King, President,
Chief Operating Officer

Alan brings more than 20 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.

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 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.

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 ZereskiVP Global Productand Content Development

Lisa ZereskiVP Global Productand 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.

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