It would have been trivial to grant him the extra month of vesting, and if he’d left with his options intact, the company’s reputation wouldn’t have taken repeated public hits. Instead, management went by The Rules, ignoring real-world repercussions.
Human Resources Isn’t About Humans
Karen Wickre

An ombudsperson’s priority is usually to handle complaints independent of the management chain. What you describe sounds like a PR problem, one that a company’s PR, legal, and management folks should worry ab out. It seems problematic if the ombudsman is seen as having a role in bending the rules in favor of a privileged employee.