Building a Corporate Development Function from Scratch

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On this episode, Kison Patel speaks with Russ Hartz, VP of Corporate Development at ANSYS, Inc. and former VP of Corporate Development at SAP.

On this episode, Kison Patel speaks with Russ Hartz, VP of Corporate Development at ANSYS, Inc. and former VP of Corporate Development at SAP. He’s an experienced Corporate Development professional with specific expertise in M&A and investments and post-merger integration. His role at ANSYS involves M&A strategy and deal sourcing, as well as managing transaction execution.

Together, Kison and Russ discuss best practices he’s learned at SAP, how he was able to bring those best practices over to ANSYS, guiding principles he focuses on during a transaction, and how to begin building an integration process at a company that doesn’t have one. Russ also discusses how deal strategy affects company alignment and how he measures the success of a post-merger integration.

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