Group O Appoints Alfred Ramirez, Vice President of Government Relations and Diversity

A nationally recognized consultant and diversity strategist, Ramirez will enhance the company's business development efforts and strategic partnership opportunities.

Sep 13, 2011, 08:00 ET from Group O

MILAN, Ill., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Group O, the optimization company that specializes in marketing operations, supply-chain and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alfred Ramirez to its executive leadership team as vice president of government relations and diversity. In this role, Mr. Ramirez will be responsible for identifying and developing key initiatives, relationships and opportunities across government, diversity and enterprise environments that align to and deliver on the company's business strategy and growth goals. He will be a key corporate leader, managing and executing the programs and tactics to support existing and new strategic account development. Mr. Ramirez will be based out of Group O corporate headquarters in Milan, Illinois.

Mr. Ramirez brings a broad range of high-profile experience leading diversity and inclusion strategies, recruitment and retention plans, and executive and organizational leadership development. In the Clinton Administration, he served as a special assistant to the president as associate director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel; senior advisor at the Corporation for National Service; and executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Ramirez began his career as faculty adviser and assistant director of admissions and minority recruitment for Columbia University. He was special assistant to former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and a corporate recruiter and human resource specialist at Transamerica. Most recently, Mr. Ramirez served as president of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

"As one of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in the country, Group O is not only a corporate advocate for diversity and inclusion but also leverages the strength of that strategic position in the value that it provides its clients," said Mr. Ramirez. "I am thrilled to be joining Group O and will use my role to drive greater visibility and accountability across local, regional and national environments."

"The measure of success in the global business environment is changing rapidly and business service providers like Group O must continue to innovate and offer differentiated solution value," said Gregg Ontiveros, CEO of Group O. "Alfred is a proven leader in building coalitions, networks and ultimately business opportunities that deliver. We are thrilled to welcome him to Group O."

Group O will continue to support the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC). Mr. Ramirez will serve as a full GQCHCC board member and provide strategic direction to operations, programs, and services. He currently serves on the boards of Iowa Public Television, the national Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC), and the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Management Program. He is also a former member of the Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs and the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). Originally from East Los Angeles, California, he resides in Rock Island, Illinois.

About Group O

Group O is a diversified business services provider with solutions that optimize its clients' marketing service execution, supply chain operations, and strategic packaging procurement. The Marketing Solutions group offers a full range of relevant loyalty and incentive programs; the O2 technology platform for high-volume, personalized print and direct marketing messages; and efficient consumer and trade fulfillment services. The Supply Chain Operations group serves the heavy equipment and high-tech sectors with serialized, high-velocity and scalable forward- and reverse-logistics services, as well as strategic sourcing and procurement solutions. The Packaging Solutions group provides an extensive, smart, nationwide network of packaging materials, equipment and service value. Group O is ISO 9001:2008 and TL 9000-certified, and SAS 70 Type II-compliant. Headquartered in Milan, Illinois, Group O is the ninth-largest Hispanic-owned company in the United States with over 1,430 employees. To learn more, visit