KATHLEEN ARDUS & LUANN PHILAW – Designing to Win Through M&A

Well-conceived and properly executed mergers and acquisitions can deliver great value and help corporations achieve growth targets; however, as leaders we must never underestimate the amount of detailed organizational planning and execution that is required to get the alignment “right”. This session will provide participants with important insights and the broad cross-functional perspectives they need to effectively support integration activities and rapidly deliver organizational benefits. These principles will apply whether a company is using M&A to capture new product or regional markets, acquire scarce resources, cut costs or translate existing value into liquidity.

During this session, participants will learn how to:

  • isolate and analyze components that might impede success. Strategy is only as good as the executive’s ability to execute it.
  • develop leading edge, agile business operating models that derive sustainable organization, process and technology footprint improvements.
  • align your business strategy with future state organization designs to attain short and longer-term results — while keeping employees engaged and highly productive throughout the transition.

Kathleen Ardus has more than 20 years of consulting experience providing large scale, highly-complex organizational development solutions for both private and public sector organizations. Her consulting expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, organization design, strategic workforce planning, talent management and change integration.

Luann Philaw brings more than 25 years of experience in business strategy, mergers & acquisitions, organization restructuring and human capital with top consulting firms such as Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Willis Towers Watson.