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M&A Science is a podcast exploring the intricate world of mergers and acquisitions with industry leaders and practitioners. With an unlimited access to our deal network, these interviews examine M&A trends, culture, and best practices. This podcast is sponsored by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management platform.
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Dec 5, 2022

James Harris, Principal, Corporate Development Integration at Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL)

When two businesses merge, the new company's success often depends on how well the go-to-market plan is executed. The combined company inherits the two businesses’ customers, products, and respective sales and marketing channels. If not planned properly, the combined efforts can lead to customer confusion and lost sales. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, James Harris, Principal, of Corporate Development Integration at Google, discusses go-to-market integration planning.

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Dec 1, 2022

Larry Forman, Senior Manager and Head of the Ecosystem for Deloitte’s New Venture Accelerator

There are different ways to create and grow a business: build up from scratch, acquire another company, or gain strategic alignment with other companies through partnerships. Through a parternship, a business can leverage someone else's technology for faster growth.

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Larry Forman, Senior Manager and Head of the Ecosystem for Deloitte's New Venture Accelerator, discusses corporate venture strategy. 

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Nov 28, 2022

Kirti Gavri, Head of Corporate Development for Wizeline

Auction processes in M&A are very challenging for strategic buyers and corporate development teams need more than a compelling offer to compete in an auction. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kirti Gavri, Head of Corporate Development for Wizeline, discusses how to run an accelerated deal process. 

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Nov 24, 2022

Tim Wentworth, Retired CEO, Evernorth

Selling a business can be challenging for a founder. Regardless of the reasons behind an exit, there are ways to ensure a company's continuity and success. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tim Wentworth, Retired CEO of Cigna, formerly known as Express Scripts, discusses how to strategize and execute an exit for a team's greater good. 

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Nov 21, 2022

Hannah Elsakr, Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A Integration at Adobe

Creating value through M&A takes work. There are many steps to take during targeting, diligence, and integration in order to achieve a transaction’s intended synergies. So. how can teams increase a deal’s chances of success? 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Hannah Elsakr, Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A Integration at Adobe, discusses executing successful end-to-end M&A. 

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Nov 17, 2022

Benjamin Orthlieb, VP and Head of Corp Dev at LinkedIn

The M&A can be highly inefficient, and inefficiency can lead to failed deals. However, some practitioners have figured out how to increase deal success using new work methods. For example, some practitioners have turned to Linkedin as a different way to approach deal origination. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Benjamin Orthlieb, Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Linkedin, discusses Linkedin’s bottoms-up deal origination model.

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Nov 14, 2022

Keith Crawford, Global Head of Corporate Development / M&A at State Street (NYSE: STT)

Integration is where value is created regardless of what happened during negotiations and diligence. However, an acquirer can destroy a target company if integration is poorly executed. Therefore, ensuring the acquired business is in good hands is imperative. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast,  Keith Crawford, Global Head of Corporate Development / M&A at State Street, discusses how to execute an effective M&A integration handoff.

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Nov 10, 2022

Daniel Gittsovich, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development at L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX)

Strategy execution is one of the most fundamental reasons behind M&A. Acquiring a business and rationalizing the deal afterwards is a quick way to waste time and money.

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Daniel Gittsovich, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development at L3Harris Technologies, discusses how to create an Agile M&A strategy.

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Nov 7, 2022

Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc. - a Subsidiary of the Bollore Group

Selling a business is always challenging. Finding the right buyer, negotiating a fair price, and preserving a business for sale takes time and effort, and there are plenty of potential pitfalls that can derail the entire process along the way. 

This interview is part two of our M&A Science Podcast interview during which Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc., discusses how to prepare a company for an acquisition.

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Nov 3, 2022

Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc. - a Subsidiary of the Bollore Group.

There are many reasons why an owner sells their business. Before talking to an actual buyer, potential sellers need to prepare their business in order to maximize value.

This is part 1 of a 2-part episode on the M&A Science Podcast, during which Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc., discusses how to prepare a company for acquisition.

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Oct 31, 2022

Atul Tiwary, Vice President of Corporate Development at Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA)

The M&A auction process creates competition among potential buyers and drives prices up. In most cases, proactive acquirers tend to avoid these types of transactions, but buyers can also initiate and create their own auction process. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Atul Tiwary, Vice President of Corporate Development at Barracuda, talks about the reverse auction process in M&A. 

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Oct 28, 2022

Evelyn De la Cruz, Head of North America Administrative Operations at Spencer Stuart

When acquiring another company, there is always the potential that layoffs will need to take place to streamline the new organization. Of course, letting people go is never easy, but there are ways to go about layoffs properly to minimize damage to the individuals and the company's reputation

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Evelyn De la Cruz, Head of North America Administrative Operations at Spencer Stuart, discusses how to properly lay off people during an acquisition.

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Oct 26, 2022

Dustin Delewski, Director of M&A Integration Management at Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH)

Go-to-market integration is more than just combining the sales and marketing teams. Many nuances often get overlooked, especially in the back office. To increase integration success, there has to be a detailed understanding of the go-to-market system. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Dustin Delewski, Director of M&A Integration Management at Cardinal Health, gives a comprehensive view of how to dissect a GTM for successful integration. 

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Oct 20, 2022

Andrew Whitcomb, Sr. Director, Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A at Builders FirstSource NYSE: BLDR

Proactive M&A is not easy. Proactive M&A requires keeping tabs on multiple companies, reaching out to them directly, and convincing owners to sell their businesses to strangers. Yet, the ability to tackle all of these actions are what make a great corporate development team. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andrew Whitcomb, Sr. Director, Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A at Builders FirstSource, shares how to approach deal targets. 

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Oct 17, 2022

Jeff Hennig, Vice President, Corporate Development at AMD (NASDAQ)

Dan Menge, Head of M&A Integration at AMD (NASDAQ)

When two companies merge together, there will be overlaps that result in winding down functions. But what happens when there are two functions that perfectly complement each other? 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jeff Hennig, Vice President, Corporate Development at AMD, and Dan Menge, Head of M&A Integration at AMD, will talk about how AMD acquired Xilinx and how to introduce M&A to a large company

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Oct 13, 2022

Liz Lockhart, Sr. Director, PMO, Training and Business Applications

Carve-outs are incredibly complex. Buying a small part of a target company brings many challenges and can be even more complicated if the acquirer is carving out a public company. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Liz Lockhart, Sr. Director, PMO, Training and Business Applications, shares her first experience and lessons learned in carving out a competitor. 

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Oct 10, 2022

Mike Kryza, Head of Corporate Development at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Private- F500

Mergers and acquisitions are a critical part of any business, yet they can be very risky. Therefore, a clear strategy is necessary for deal success. A well-planned deal strategy enables companies to proactively source deals rather than be reactive. Without the right target, what is the point of M&A? 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Mike Kryza, Head of Corporate Development at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, discusses formulating an M&A strategy for proactive sourcing. 

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Oct 6, 2022

Karen Ashley, Vice President, Corporate Development Integration at Cisco CSCO (NASDAQ)

M&A doesn't end when a deal closes. The deal's success relies heavily on how well the acquirer can integrate the target company. Revenue synergies are one of the most important, but also one of the hardest, things to achieve during integration. When two companies come together, their products and services often overlap, and it can be challenging to figure out how to market them as one company. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Karen Ashley, Vice President, Corporate Development Integration at Cisco, discusses how to realize go-to-market synergies.

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Oct 3, 2022

Willy Walker, Chairman and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, Inc (NYSE: WD) 

M&A is one of the fastest ways to grow a company. Many of the largest companies in the world turn to M&A for inorganic growth. However, first-time acquirers often find it difficult to buy companies due to a lack of experience and reputation. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Willy Walker, Chairman, and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, Inc, discusses how to convince people to sell their business.

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Sep 29, 2022

Lisa Marchese, Head of Corporate Development at American Express AXP (NYSE)

Culture is one of the biggest M&A killers. Some of the biggest deal failures in history are due to culture clashes that resulted in value leaks and destroyed companies. Bringing culture to the forefront of transactions can help increase deal success. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Lisa Marchese, Head of Corporate Development at American Express, discusses proactive deal sourcing with culture in mind.

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Sep 26, 2022

Richard Dunkel, Global Head of Field Enablement at Celonis

The sales operation is the cornerstone of every business. Without it, companies would not have revenue.

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Richard Dunkel, Global Head of Field Enablement at Celonis, discusses how to improve the sales function during integration.

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Sep 22, 2022

Kim Jones, HR Director M&A at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)

An effective M&A onboarding process post-close can dictate employee retention. But what's even more important is retaining the acquired company's leadership. Leadership has massive influence inside the business, and helping them transition properly will positively impact the overall transaction. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kim Jones, HR Director M&A at Microsoft, discusses lessons learned from leadership onboarding.

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Sep 19, 2022

Touraj Parang, President & COO of Serve Robotics

Selling a business is a difficult task that requires a lot of planning and preparation. However, most entrepreneurs refuse to entertain the idea of a sale until it is too late. The best time to plan an exit is when times are good, not in a desperate situation. The longer the prep time, the higher chances of success. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Touraj Parang, President & COO of Serve Robotics, discusses how to build an exit strategy. 

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Sep 15, 2022

Siran Tanielyan, SVP, Corporate Development at Paramount (NYSE: PGRE)

Every company wants to evolve and grow its business, and M&A is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to grow. If done correctly, M&A can transform an organization overnight but there must be a sound M&A thesis. Without an M&A thesis, acquirers might end up wasting time, money, and opportunities. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Siran Tanielyan, SVP, Corporate Development at Paramount, talks about developing an M&A thesis. 

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Sep 12, 2022

Cole Breidenbach, VP, M&A Integration & Strategic Initiatives at Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA)

Leadership alignment is one of the most underrated aspects of M&A. But without leadership alignment, there will be confusion regarding what the company will represent post-close and what needs to be integrated. The company will be left with an inconsistent narrative and messaging, which leads to retention issues. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Cole Breidenbach, VP, M&A Integration & Strategic Initiatives at Okta, discusses leadership alignment and creating a GTM strategy for successful deals.

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