Ben de Haldevang is a Partner at The Agile Gorilla, a boutique advisory firm that enables industry practitioners to conduct more successful, sustainable and equitable mergers and acquisitions. He has 20 years of pre deal planning, post merger integration and complex transformation projects across a range of sectors and geographies. He has worked on over 120 transactions - from 2008 and was based in Asia for 8 years working on transactions in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Vietnam.
When integration practices and past integrations are not closely examined and learned from, it can be easy to revert back to old ways and/or rely on standardized playbooks in the midst of the chaos of a deal. Integration is a delicate art that must value people and culture, and more and more practitioners are realizing this, yet still making mistakes and falling victim to common, incorrect assumptions. Today, we examine six incorrect approaches to integration and attempt to learn from them.
Ben de Haldevang and David Boyd, Founding Partners of Agile Gorilla, discuss their modern, agile approach to deal and integration management. Through agile principles, such as backlogs and iterative learning cycles, Ben and David enable industry practitioners to conduct more successful, sustainable and equitable mergers and acquisitions.