Chris Evans, Experienced M&A Leader | former head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, Deputy Director, Strategy Implementation at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | former Head of Integration for AWS. (NASDAQ: AMZN)
In the complex world of M&A, the difference between a successful deal and a failed one often hinges on integration. Proper integration, driven by a harmonious fusion of strategy and execution, ensures that the merging entities can effectively combine their strengths and navigate potential pitfalls.
In this two-part episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we dive deep into the heart of integration strategies and underscores the pivotal role of the integration team during the due diligence process, featuring Chris Evans, ex-Head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, former Head of Integration for AWS.
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06:11 Types of Integration Strategies
09:14 Transformative Integration
11:39 Deals Easy to Integrate
13:24 Most difficult thing to Integrate
15:40 Timeline of integration planning
20:26 Benefits of Integration teams running diligence
25:49 Integration Teams’ Diligence Execution
28:46 Structuring the M&A Function
34:39 Consistency vs. agility
40:10 Understanding culture pre LOI
44:34 Working with inexperienced business leaders
46:59 Questions to ask pre-LOI as an Integration leader