Diploma-C
Silke Wischeropp - Strategy, Values and Deal Rationale in M&A

Silke Wischeropp - Strategy, Values and Deal Rationale in M&A

May 2, 2022

Silke Wischeropp is member of the Executive Committee and General Counsel with Archroma.

As a qualified lawyer, Silke developed strong expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions and Transactions working on numerous transactions with major players in the chemical specialty industry, including textile and paper chemicals, industrial consumer specialties and the energy sector.

 

Dwayne Branch - Revival by Restructuring: How to Deploy the Full Potential of People and Trust

Dwayne Branch - Revival by Restructuring: How to Deploy the Full Potential of People and Trust

March 21, 2022

Dwayne Branch has more than 15 years of Restructuring and Transformation experience. He is a chartered accountant and holds the ICAEW Certificate in Insolvency. Dwayne currently serves as a Chief of Staff as part of the Global Financial Advisory practice of a Big 4 professional services firm. He spent time running large Transformation projects and has also led complex Change programs including the transformation of a multi-billion pound organisation.

He is passionate about inclusion.

Dwayne is a qualified change manager and completed the Oxford Said Business School Major Projects Leadership Academy in 2021. 

Kison Patel - Learning Methodology from an M&A Scientist

Kison Patel - Learning Methodology from an M&A Scientist

February 25, 2022

Kison Patel is the Founder and CEO of DealRoom, a lifecycle management software for financial transactions, as well as the author of Agile M&A: Proven Techniques to Close Deals Faster and Maximize Value.

In 2016, he started M&A Science, an educational podcast featuring behind-the-scenes stories from leading M&A practitioners. Now boasting over 25k monthly listeners and 370k downloads, Kison has expanded the M&A Science platform to include a training program, M&A Science Academy, allowing others to learn practical how-to’s they can easily apply to their own practices from active M&A professionals.

Paloma Lillo - Disrupting Integration, There is No Box

Paloma Lillo - Disrupting Integration, There is No Box

December 14, 2021

Paloma Lillo is an executive businesswoman with over 15 years of experience across investment banking at Citi, business development, M&A & Strategy at Telefónica, United Technologies and Otis Elevators. 

She lived and worked in North and Latin America, Europe, Africa and Middle East, fuelling her experience in and passion for Innovation, ESG and transformation of cultures.

Founder and co-founder of two start-ups in Peru and Mozambique, investor and advisor of several other start-ups, in love with Artificial Intelligence and learning languages, Paloma is mentor and speaker at MIT Sloan.

Cédric Pierrard - Plain Portrait of a Serial Acquirer

Cédric Pierrard - Plain Portrait of a Serial Acquirer

November 30, 2021

In 2005, Cédric Pierrard co-founded Efficy, a European CRM supplier today serving some 330.000 daily users in over 60 countries. Operating in a market where few large players meet a highly fragmented local offer, Cédric and his team ambition further consolidation and the establishment of Efficy as the European CRM champion. External growth is supported by acquisitions and, after a decade with more than 10 deals, Cédric accelerates the tempo and undertook four transactions in the past 12 months alone, thereby doubling the company’s size. A robust deal playbook, clarity of the integration principles and speed are among the work ingredients.

Louis de Schorlemer - Strategic Value Creation With Communication in M&A

Louis de Schorlemer - Strategic Value Creation With Communication in M&A

October 25, 2021

Louis de Schorlemer discusses the sensitive nature of M&A activities in communications, such as the importance of the appropriate strategic justification for a transaction. He provides guidance on how to communicate through times of uncertainty in a mindful way and lays out strategies for analytical mapping and putting people in the right mindset. And he asks challenging questions about transparency and preparedness―and shares the “Four Ps” (People, Patience, Perspective, Passion) he’s found to be instrumental for success.

This is an original recording made by Sharon McIntosh and Sharon Phillips as part of their EE Voice Podcast series. 

Dr. Dino Dogan - Left Brain, Right Brain, The True Drivers of Successful M&A

Dr. Dino Dogan - Left Brain, Right Brain, The True Drivers of Successful M&A

October 9, 2021

Dino Dogan has 25 years of experience in managerial and board positions in the telecommunication and media industry (Alcatel, Telekom Austria Group, Deutsche Telekom Group, JCDecaux Group).

He has been a guest professor at various faculties of economics and developed deep knowledge in logistics, finance, strategy, organization and restructuring.

As a management board member, he was responsible for the biggest merger in Austria between Mobilkom Austria and Telekom Austria. For the successful integration, he received the European Change Communication Award. Since 2017 he is the Dean of the Luxembourg School of Business and the owner of Macaklin ltd., a business consulting company focused on strategy, transformation and coaching for SMEs.

Serge Krancenblum - Getting to a Deal in M&A: a Strategic Focus, Network and Resilience

Serge Krancenblum - Getting to a Deal in M&A: a Strategic Focus, Network and Resilience

September 24, 2021

Serge Krancenblum is IQ-EQ’s Group Executive Chairman and Chairman of the company’s Supervisory board.

Throughout his career, Serge has developed and managed cross-border solutions for multinational corporations, institutional investors and entrepreneurial families. He serves as an independent director on the board of real estate and private equity funds, and of listed and private companies.

He is the Chairman of the Investment Facilitation Forum, the Luxembourg Association of Family Offices (LAFO) and President of the Luxembourg Association of Corporate Service Providers (LIMSA).

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard - Setting a Blueprint for Success in M&A

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard - Setting a Blueprint for Success in M&A

September 8, 2021

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard is Chairman of the Board of Directors of publicly listed Calida Group in Switzerland. He is also Chairman of the Board of private equity owned auction house Bonhams in the UK and is a member of the Board of Directors of Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA.

Hans-Kristian is currently a CEO-Mentor with Mentore Consulting in London.

Hans-Kristian holds a BA in Economics and Organisational Behaviour from the University of Southern Denmark and has undertaken executive education at INSEAD, Harvard Business School and Wharton as well as non-executive education at IMD. He is co-author of “Experience Leadership in Practice”.

Alexander de Wit - Positive Impact by Capturing the Virtues of M&A

Alexander de Wit - Positive Impact by Capturing the Virtues of M&A

August 24, 2021

Alexander has spent more than 25 years working with entrepreneurs, private equity firms and private family businesses, developing deep knowledge of strategy, organisation and transformation.

In 2020, he co-founded Planet First Partners as a purpose-led evergreen investment platform to foster a healthier life on a healthier planet. His prior experience includes being a Managing Director at Verlinvest, a strategic advisor as a McKinsey & Co consultant and an entrepreneur as founder of thelittlegym.eu and twinscapegroup.com.

Alexander Strahl - How Excellence in Leadership makes the Difference in M&A

Alexander Strahl - How Excellence in Leadership makes the Difference in M&A

August 4, 2021

Alexander Strahl co-leads the Korn Ferry EMEA Technology, Communications and Professional Services practice and provides his clients with more than 20 years of leadership advisory and executive search experience, including work in phases of critical leadership transition.

He has gained a wealth of international experience, having been a trusted partner to leading private, large public and private equity-backed companies.

In this episode, we explore the duties of leaders in M&A, what to look out for from current and future executives, and the importance of leading by example in change management. 

Gwendoline Ornigg - Critical Moves for Communication in M&A

Gwendoline Ornigg - Critical Moves for Communication in M&A

July 19, 2021

Gwendoline Ornigg leads communications with UCB, a global biopharma company, and steered across numerous transactions for large multinationals throughout her career including Cargill and AB InBev.  In this episode of Diploma-C, we discuss the critical impact of cultural assessments and proper communications on integration, establishing sustainability as a shared vision of the companies' role in society. 

Jay Rahman - The Transformative Value of Agility in M&A

Jay Rahman - The Transformative Value of Agility in M&A

July 5, 2021

Jay Rahman, co-founder of Fractal Systems, is a professional agile and scrum trainer with extensive expertise and knowledge. In this episode, we discuss the power of mindset, of collaboration and processes during change. How can you measure the outcome of a different approach in financial services and other sectors during Mergers & Acquisitions? 

 

Prof. Dr. Peter Vogel - How Family Businesses are Thriving in M&A

Prof. Dr. Peter Vogel - How Family Businesses are Thriving in M&A

May 25, 2021

Peter Vogel is Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship and holder of the Debiopharm Chair for Family Philanthropy at IMD Business School in Lausanne. He is also the Director of IMD Global Family Business Center.

Often referenced by leading media outlets, such as Harvard Business Review, CNN, Huffington Post, Forbes, Financial Times, Peter has an amassed an extensive publication history alongside his work with family- & non-family enterprises globally.

In this episode of Diploma-C, we sit down with Peter to discuss how family business interacts with M&A, the importance of philanthropy and his latest book, ‘Family Philanthropy Navigator’. 

Selina Elwell - When Trust Meets People: Return on Investment in Mergers & Acquisitions

Selina Elwell - When Trust Meets People: Return on Investment in Mergers & Acquisitions

May 3, 2021

Selina Elwell is Director of Investment Counselling and Chief Executive Officer of MIO Partners (EU) Ltd, McKinsey & Company’s investment management arm. She brings over three decades of experience in the financial sector to this prominent role. Her extensive experience has taken her into almost every aspect of investment management, allowing her to gain a deep understanding of both finance and people.

A passionate philanthropist, Selina is a keen supporter of education for women in the developing world.

In this episode of Diploma-C, we sit down with Selina to discuss the role of people in transactions, how to get a good return on your investment and the role of women in the modern workplace.

Guy Harles - Deal Dynamics: How to Build a Team You Can Trust

Guy Harles - Deal Dynamics: How to Build a Team You Can Trust

April 19, 2021

Guy Harles is a Founding Partner and former Chairman of Arendt & Medernach, the European Law Firm of the Year 2020. He specialises in corporate projects, advising multinational and domestic companies, as well as high net worth individuals on the structuring of international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate reorganisations, corporate finance and private wealth management. As an entrepreneurial lawyer, Guy plays a major role in Arendt & Medernach’s international development. 

In this episode of Diploma-C, we sit down with Guy to discuss the complex relationships within deal teams, and what important must-haves you should be looking for.

Jodie Goulden – Building a Better Future Together, The Power of Cross-Collaboration in Organization Design

Jodie Goulden – Building a Better Future Together, The Power of Cross-Collaboration in Organization Design

April 5, 2021

Jodie Goulden is Consultant and Founder of Orgdesign Works, helping organizations design and implement effective ways of working. Her career comprises more than 20 years of experience as a leader and HR professional in multinational companies, holding senior positions at BASF including Head of Global Development & Learning, and has also worked at Lucent Technologies (now Nokia) and Deloitte. Her search for adventure has led her to live and work in Germany, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Canada, Australia, and most recently the United States, with roles in HR, Corporate Communications, and Change Consulting. She believes in corporations as a force for good and is passionate about designing organizations for greater impact. Jodie has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology from University of Western Australia.

 

Jodie is a Certified Organization Design Professional (CODP), Board Trustee of the Organization Design Institute, Faculty for the European Organization Design Forum, and Board Member of the Organization Design Forum.

 

In this episode of Diploma-C, we sit down with Jodie to learn how to find answers to the hard questions in organization design – how do you manage moments of extreme uncertainty, and how do you carve out a future with your people at the core?

Jeff Archambault – Managing a Legacy, and Why CSR Is Your Ticket to Success

Jeff Archambault – Managing a Legacy, and Why CSR Is Your Ticket to Success

March 29, 2021

Jeff Archambault is a coach/mentor for start-ups & scale-ups, an international conference speaker, university lecturer and consultant (tourism, bus dev, CSR) and former Vice President at The Walt Disney Company EMEA.

 

During his last six years with Disney, Jeff drove the CSR strategy and execution of the company’s stakeholder engagement and the company’s philanthropy program in EMEA. He previously worked for twenty years at Disneyland Paris in various senior executive positions including Financial Controller, Director Purchasing & Logistics, VP Theme Park Operations, VP Walt Disney Studios Park Development, VP Corporate Alliances, and ultimately VP Communications (corporate, internal & philanthropy.

 

Prior to joining Disney, Jeff was Treasury Manager for Apple Computer Europe (Paris) and Institutional Fixed Income Securities for Bankers Trust Co. on Wall Street (New York and Los Angeles). He earned his MBA’84 from Stanford University and resides in Paris since 1988 with his wife and two children.

 

In this episode of Diploma-C, we sit down with Jeff to discuss his extensive experience with CSR, finding the right cultural fit and what exactly it takes to manage a high-stakes transaction.

Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher – Conflict Resolution, Machine Learning & A Vision of the Future

Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher – Conflict Resolution, Machine Learning & A Vision of the Future

March 15, 2021

Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher began his in-house career at Bombardier Transportation by designing a software-based conflict management system. Headquartered in Berlin, his team leads legal M&A, corporate affairs, supports IS and IT on a global scale, supports global procurement contracts, and is involved in legal affairs such as antitrust, data privacy, real estate and supporting corporate finance. He and his team played a key role in the recently completed sale of Bombardier Transportation to Alstom forming the largest global player in the rail industry.

 

In this episode of Diploma-C, we sit down with Alexander to learn about his extensive experience with conflict resolution in M&A, explore his perspective on machine learning and the applications of artificial intelligence in transactions and discuss the three key tenets of his vision for a post-COVID-19 future.

Welcome to Diploma-C!

Welcome to Diploma-C!

March 11, 2021

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