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

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.

Watch AlixTalks with Stephanie Cohen

Simon discusses recent Brexit events on "Mornings with Maria"

“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.

Alixtalks on transformational leadership

A candid discussion with Jules Kroll, founder of Kroll Inc about the habits and traits of transformational leadership, advice for leaders of tomorrow, and lessons learned from experience.

AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

A candid discussion with Jules Kroll, founder of Kroll Inc about the habits and traits of transformational leadership, advice for leaders of tomorrow, and lessons learned from experience.

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Business Development Foundations: AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

alixpartners alixtalks jules kroll creating postive culture

Building Company Culture: AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

alixpartners alixtalks jules kroll leaving legacy

Leaving a Leadership Legacy: AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

What would a US-China trade deal look like?

“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.”

CEO Simon Freakley 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

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"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 Freakley 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"

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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" with CNN International's Julia Chatterley

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

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?

Alixtalks on Globalization

Ahead of the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Simon sat down with Financial Times economic commentator Martin Wolf to discuss globalization and the future of work.

AlixTalks with Martin Wolf

Ahead of the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Simon sat down with Financial Times economic commentator Martin Wolf to discuss globalization and the future of work.

ap at wolf part 1

Leading through change: globalization today

ap at wolf part 2

Leading through change: The future of globalization

ap at wolf part 3

Leading through change: the future of work

AlixTalks with Dambisa Moyo

To launch our AlixTalks series, Simon speaks with Dambisa Moyo, the author of Edge of Chaos—an examination of why economic growth is essential for global stability.

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Lessons learned from an unconventional career

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Perspective from the boardroom

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Economics & globalization

Alixtalks on matters that influence the boardroom

To launch our AlixTalks series, Simon speaks with Dambisa Moyo, the author of Edge of Chaos—an examination of why economic growth is essential for global stability.

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

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.

Watch AlixTalks with Stephanie Cohen

Simon discusses recent Brexit events on "Mornings with Maria"

“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.

Alixtalks on transformational leadership

A candid discussion with Jules Kroll, founder of Kroll Inc about the habits and traits of transformational leadership, advice for leaders of tomorrow, and lessons learned from experience.

AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

A candid discussion with Jules Kroll, founder of Kroll Inc about the habits and traits of transformational leadership, advice for leaders of tomorrow, and lessons learned from experience.

alixpartners alixtalks jules kroll laying strong foundation

Business Development Foundations: AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

alixpartners alixtalks jules kroll creating postive culture

Building Company Culture: AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

alixpartners alixtalks jules kroll leaving legacy

Leaving a Leadership Legacy: AlixTalks with Jules Kroll

What would a US-China trade deal look like?

“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.”

CEO Simon Freakley 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 Freakley 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" with CNN International's Julia Chatterley

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

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?

Alixtalks on Globalization

Ahead of the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Simon sat down with Financial Times economic commentator Martin Wolf to discuss globalization and the future of work.

AlixTalks with Martin Wolf

Ahead of the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Simon sat down with Financial Times economic commentator Martin Wolf to discuss globalization and the future of work.

ap at wolf part 1

Leading through change: globalization today

ap at wolf part 2

Leading through change: The future of globalization

ap at wolf part 3

Leading through change: the future of work

AlixTalks with Dambisa Moyo

To launch our AlixTalks series, Simon speaks with Dambisa Moyo, the author of Edge of Chaos—an examination of why economic growth is essential for global stability.

unconventional career 600x338

Lessons learned from an unconventional career

perspectives from boardroom 600x338

Perspective from the boardroom

economics globalization 600x338

Economics & globalization

Alixtalks on matters that influence the boardroom

To launch our AlixTalks series, Simon speaks with Dambisa Moyo, the author of Edge of Chaos—an examination of why economic growth is essential for global stability.