The Role of Human Resources in M and A
December 2, 2016
Hosted by Sonya Weigle
On this episode Sonya will talk with Francesca Molinari, Chief Human Capital Officer for tech company Magento, the global leader in open commerce innovation. Francesca will share how the human resources function played a critical role in the growth and success of Magento's merger and acquisition activity. She will also discuss the benefits of having human resources at the table for mergers and acquisitions as well as the risks a company can run if they try to move forward without HR. Francesca brings many years of global human resources experience to the discussion so the listening audience is sure to gain valuable insights, best practices and lessons learned.
Beyond Financials: The People Side of Mergers & Acquisitions
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How does a fast-growing, risk tolerant company merge with a company that values consensus and careful decision making? Are you headed for a culture clash? Do your people understand and agree with the strategy? How do you choose between two CFOs? While the financials may work for a deal, reaping the benefits of a merger or acquisition is a notoriously risky undertaking when organizational development factors are not considered.
Our show focuses on the capabilities and best practices required for companies to master the integration phase of M and A relating to people, culture, skills sets, organization structure and behaviors. We interview top executives across a variety of industries to explore success stories, best practices and lessons learned from traversing the risky but often rewarding world of M and A.
Whether you are on the buy or sell side of a transaction, whether the capital or the executive, you will benefit from the insights and keys to success discussed.
Sonya is the Founder and Managing Principal of SWC Management Consulting and brings almost 25 years of experience transforming organizations through change management, organization development and human capital strategy. She expertly applies those principles to the world of M&A Integration by working with clients to look beyond the financials when planning a transaction. Her firm works on both the buy side and sell side to assess cultural, behavioral, structural and process fit to help clients mitigate against the 80 percent fail rate of most M and A transactions.
SWC focuses on the middle market and deal sizes between $50M and $500M and is unique in the marketplace because all consultants are experienced and have served in both global consulting and corporate executive positions.
Sonya holds a BS in Political Science, English and Psychology from The University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Management focused on Human Resources and Strategy from Carnegie Mellon University. She gained global consulting experience with Mercer and Accenture before founding SWC in 2000.
Sonya has been recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune and the American Arthritis Foundation as a “Woman on the Move”, was given the Leadership Award by the MS Society and was of Philadelphia’s Top 40 Business People Under 40 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Sonya also serves on many boards, most recently the Board of Directors for Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.