OD SIG ~ Take the Lead -- OD’s Critical Role in M&As

  • 03/05/2013
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Brandman University, Room 110, 16355 Laguna Canyon Rd., Irvine


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According to the CLC, 44% of senior executives report that integration is the greatest source of error in M&A and that overcoming human capital challenges is most critical to integration success. Almost 70% of mergers fail to achieve revenue synergies according to the Boston Consulting Group. This is usually not because the organization calculated the potential inaccurately, but because of decisions and actions taken during integration planning and execution that degrades the value of the deal. The most common issues cited are related to culture, structure, leadership and communication. Why then is OD (let alone HR) not always brought in sooner to help with M&As – this is our domain! OD should be a key function in any acquisition. She’ll share experiences, practical tools, and examples to successfully guide an organization through complex integrations.  


Topics will include:

  • OD’s Role – where it begins and leads
  • The importance of talent management, culture, and change in integration
  • Key inputs and deliverables from due diligence through integration
  • Practical tools to lead the organization through change
  • Tips and lessons learned

About the Presenter: Naomi Werner, Sr, Director, WW Organization Development at Ingram Micro, has over 20 years of experience in HR both as a strategic HR Business Partner and as a Center of Excellence, specializing in OD, Talent Management and Organization Effectiveness. Prior to her current role, Naomi worked at Western Digital in global projects, leading mergers and acquisitions, systems/process design and integrations, and change management. She has worked in different industries for organizations like Bio-Rad Laboratories, Beckman/Coulter, Washington Mutual, and Quantum. She takes a practical approach to applying OD concepts and theories into real-world actions that help organizations successfully manage change. Her expertise includes Mergers & Acquisitions, Organization Design, Global Talent Management and Succession Planning, Workforce Planning, Employee Engagement, Leadership & Team Development, Change, Selection and Assessments, and Human Capital Metrics.

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