Simon is the chief executive officer of AlixPartners. He is based in New York and, with his team, provides transformative leadership to businesses and stakeholders, responding quickly and decisively to their most complex and critical challenges.

Simon became CEO of AlixPartners in 2015. In his more than 30 years of experience, Simon has combined his skills in business turnaround, strategic consulting, and stakeholder management in the development of performance improvement and accelerated transformation projects for many large and high-profile businesses. Before joining AlixPartners, Simon was CEO of Zolfo Cooper Europe from 2008 to 2015. Prior to this, he was CEO of Kroll Inc., a corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in New York.

Long involved in philanthropic causes, Simon is the chairman of the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as chairman of Grange Park Opera and London Music Masters.

Affiliations

Chairman, American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Chairman, Grange Park Opera

Chairman, London Music Masters

In the News

 

businesses should take the opportunity to position themselves for the future

Simon spoke with The CEO Show about the importance of leadership during a crisis, how leaders who create an inclusive working environment enable employees to invest in themselves and their clients, and what differentiates AlixPartners as an industry leader during times of intense disruption.

HOW CAN COMPANIES CAPITALIZE ON DISRUPTION?

Simon discusses with CGTN advice we're giving companies and leaders who are dealing with the mother of all disruptions, COVID-19, including having a firm grip on cash flow management.

Protocol event: Why there's no "digital"
in transformation

Simon co-hosted a panel discussing how businesses are managing disruption and the concept of digital transformation. Among many topics, panelists discussed how companies are managing new ways of transforming to serve customers and grow businesses, while also dealing with the immense pressure of present circumstances.

 

Breakingviews - The Exchange:
Managing through the corona crisis

As companies grapple with the pandemic’s fallout, AlixPartners has a close-up view inside boardrooms. In this Reuters podcast, Simon discusses priorities for troubled businesses and offers his insight on how they should strategize for the long-term impact of COVID-19.

Retailers were dealing with extraordinary disruption before COVID-19

Simon joins Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss the outlook for retailers as they struggle to find the road to recovery following COVID-19 and offers his insight into how struggling retailers can best respond.

ACT FAST, ADAPT, AND THINK AHEAD

Simon speaks with Alix Steel on Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas about the practical steps companies can take to successfully step through the COVID-19 crisis, including increasing liquidity, putting protective measures in place, and finding opportunities.  



RETAIL INDUSTRY IN NEED OF RESTART

Retailers are facing an existential crisis due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who have been paying attention to consumer behaviors and have adopted a company restart strategy will find success sooner than those who have not. Simon discusses with Bloomberg News Daybreak Americas' Alix Steel.

Watch AlixTalks with Stephanie Cohen

alixtalks

In our AlixTalks series, Simon sits down with influential commentators from across the business landscape, to explore the challenges and themes impacting CEOs globally.

This series of AlixTalks focuses on transforming a business when it really matters, and everything is on the line. Stephanie Cohen, Chief Strategy Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Simon discuss the avenues available to leaders to communicate and encourage those around them to not only accept but drive a transformation.

Simon on responding to disruption in business

How can global businesses survive and thrive in the midst of societal disruption?  Simon shares how strategic, "agile" leadership can support global supply chains while ongoing disruptors, like the coronavirus and US-China trade war, shape global economies. Watch this episode of Bloomberg Surveillance. 

Simon discusses Brexit on "Mornings with Maria"

simon mornings with maria september

“In the short term for businesses [a hard Brexit] presents real challenges. And for the larger integrated businesses in the EU, they have to reconfigure to deal with what is going to be customs restrictions in moving goods and services in and out of the UK.”

Simon discusses the implications of the vote to block a no-deal Brexit on businesses with operations in Europe, the potential upside to a Hard Brexit, and the impact of recent events on Boris Johnson’s leadership.

What would a US-China trade deal look like?

quest means business 2019

“Disruption cycles are not just much more regular than economic cycles, they’re much more severe. If you have a disruption cycle that coincides with a change in the economic cycle, then businesses have some real challenges.”

Simon talks to Richard Quest on CNN about US-China trade and how companies can cope with cycles of disruption.

World Economic Forum - How to CEO Series

wef howtoceo simon freakley alixpartners

"Best-of-class CEOs...are right on the front foot when it comes to communicating what the future looks like and why their business is well-positioned for change." Simon shares advice on how CEOs can include and connect to those they lead in this #HowtoCEO interview with World Economic Forum.

Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria"

simon freakley fox business video2

A panel discussion on the state of the financial sector and the impact of uncertainties such as the US trade talks with China and the future of Brexit.

Simon discusses Brexit "shambles" on CNN

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In the era of Brexit, global businesses are grappling with how to deal with an approaching deadline and increasing economic uncertainty in the UK. Simon discusses how a shorter extension of Brexit would be in the country's best interest with CNN's Julia Chatterley.

2019 World Economic Forum: Agility at all costs

wef agility2 simon freakley

To adapt to constant change brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business has adopted an "agility first" prescription to future-proof their company and outlast disruption. What are the trade-offs and big bets business leaders are facing in the race for agility?

Simon is the chief executive officer of AlixPartners. He is based in New York and, with his team, provides transformative leadership to businesses and stakeholders, responding quickly and decisively to their most complex and critical challenges.

Simon became CEO of AlixPartners in 2015. In his more than 30 years of experience, Simon has combined his skills in business turnaround, strategic consulting, and stakeholder management in the development of performance improvement and accelerated transformation projects for many large and high-profile businesses. Before joining AlixPartners, Simon was CEO of Zolfo Cooper Europe from 2008 to 2015. Prior to this, he was CEO of Kroll Inc., a corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in New York.

Long involved in philanthropic causes, Simon is the chairman of the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as chairman of Grange Park Opera and London Music Masters.

Affiliations

Chairman, American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Chairman, Grange Park Opera

Chairman, London Music Masters

In the News

 

businesses should take the opportunity to position themselves for the future

Simon spoke with The CEO Show about the importance of leadership during a crisis, how leaders who create an inclusive working environment enable employees to invest in themselves and their clients, and what differentiates AlixPartners as an industry leader during times of intense disruption.

HOW CAN COMPANIES CAPITALIZE ON DISRUPTION?

Simon discusses with CGTN advice we're giving companies and leaders who are dealing with the mother of all disruptions, COVID-19, including having a firm grip on cash flow management.

Protocol event: Why there's no "digital"
in transformation

Simon co-hosted a panel discussing how businesses are managing disruption and the concept of digital transformation. Among many topics, panelists discussed how companies are managing new ways of transforming to serve customers and grow businesses, while also dealing with the immense pressure of present circumstances.

 

Breakingviews - The Exchange:
Managing through the corona crisis

As companies grapple with the pandemic’s fallout, AlixPartners has a close-up view inside boardrooms. In this Reuters podcast, Simon discusses priorities for troubled businesses and offers his insight on how they should strategize for the long-term impact of COVID-19.

Retailers were dealing with extraordinary disruption before COVID-19

Simon joins Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss the outlook for retailers as they struggle to find the road to recovery following COVID-19 and offers his insight into how struggling retailers can best respond.

ACT FAST, ADAPT, AND THINK AHEAD

Simon speaks with Alix Steel on Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas about the practical steps companies can take to successfully step through the COVID-19 crisis, including increasing liquidity, putting protective measures in place, and finding opportunities.  



RETAIL INDUSTRY IN NEED OF RESTART

Retailers are facing an existential crisis due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who have been paying attention to consumer behaviors and have adopted a company restart strategy will find success sooner than those who have not. Simon discusses with Bloomberg News Daybreak Americas' Alix Steel.

Watch AlixTalks with Stephanie Cohen

alixtalks

In our AlixTalks series, Simon sits down with influential commentators from across the business landscape, to explore the challenges and themes impacting CEOs globally.

This series of AlixTalks focuses on transforming a business when it really matters, and everything is on the line. Stephanie Cohen, Chief Strategy Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Simon discuss the avenues available to leaders to communicate and encourage those around them to not only accept but drive a transformation.

Simon on responding to disruption in business

How can global businesses survive and thrive in the midst of societal disruption?  Simon shares how strategic, "agile" leadership can support global supply chains while ongoing disruptors, like the coronavirus and US-China trade war, shape global economies. Watch this episode of Bloomberg Surveillance. 

Simon discusses Brexit on "Mornings with Maria"

simon mornings with maria september

“In the short term for businesses [a hard Brexit] presents real challenges. And for the larger integrated businesses in the EU, they have to reconfigure to deal with what is going to be customs restrictions in moving goods and services in and out of the UK.”

Simon discusses the implications of the vote to block a no-deal Brexit on businesses with operations in Europe, the potential upside to a Hard Brexit, and the impact of recent events on Boris Johnson’s leadership.

What would a US-China trade deal look like?

quest means business 2019

“Disruption cycles are not just much more regular than economic cycles, they’re much more severe. If you have a disruption cycle that coincides with a change in the economic cycle, then businesses have some real challenges.”

Simon talks to Richard Quest on CNN about US-China trade and how companies can cope with cycles of disruption.

World Economic Forum - How to CEO Series

wef howtoceo simon freakley alixpartners

"Best-of-class CEOs...are right on the front foot when it comes to communicating what the future looks like and why their business is well-positioned for change." Simon shares advice on how CEOs can include and connect to those they lead in this #HowtoCEO interview with World Economic Forum.

Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria"

simon freakley fox business video2

A panel discussion on the state of the financial sector and the impact of uncertainties such as the US trade talks with China and the future of Brexit.

Simon discusses Brexit "shambles" on CNN

sfreakley2 cnn brexit 31919

In the era of Brexit, global businesses are grappling with how to deal with an approaching deadline and increasing economic uncertainty in the UK. Simon discusses how a shorter extension of Brexit would be in the country's best interest with CNN's Julia Chatterley.

2019 World Economic Forum: Agility at all costs

wef agility2 simon freakley

To adapt to constant change brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business has adopted an "agility first" prescription to future-proof their company and outlast disruption. What are the trade-offs and big bets business leaders are facing in the race for agility?