Leading Cross-Cultural Consulting Firm, Universal Consensus, LLC., Partners With Aon Hewitt to Serve Global M&A Clients

Leading Cross-Cultural Consulting Firm, Universal Consensus, LLC., Partners
With Aon Hewitt to Serve Global M&A Clients

Cultural differences significantly impact the international M&A process and
play a critical role in the valuation of M&A targets and the reduction of cost
and risk during M&A integration

San Diego, California, Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Consensus
LLC, a leading cross-cultural management consultant and training firm, today
announced it is collaborating with Aon Hewitt, the global human resource
solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), to enhance Aon Hewitt's
cross-cultural advisory, integration and business optimization services for
its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) clients.

Headquartered in San Diego, Universal Consensus offers cross-cultural
assessments, advisory services, and training to hundreds of large
organizations around the world. Its proprietary framework, the BMIA™ (Business
Model of Intercultural Analysis), evaluates companies' challenges and growth
opportunities of doing business across cultures, both internationally and
domestically. Armed with this data, Universal Consensus experts develop
customized solutions including assessments, strategic advising, training,
executive coaching and other programs to help companies improve how they
integrate across cultures during a merger, acquisition or joint venture.

"Culture is one of the big obstacles hindering deal success and is a driving
force behind many other immediate causes of deal failure, including delayed
integration or implementation. Some of the largest companies in the world pull
out or scale back in foreign target markets simply because they failed to
understand the impact of national cultures on the very factors they relied
upon to drive profitability," said David Sult, senior vice president of Merger
and Acquisitions Solutions at Aon Hewitt. "Our partnership with Universal
Consensus complements our existing cultural capabilities, expands our global
footprint and brings us additional levels of insight, capabilities and tools
to help companies understand and manage the cross-cultural issues that impact
the success of their M&A transactions."

"More and more companies realize the importance of evaluating and controlling
the impact of national cultures coming together during the M&A process," said
Denise Pirrotti Hummel, CEO of Universal Consensus. "Failing to appropriately
identify, analyze and manage cultural differences can create significant
problems for organizations and can often lead to the success or failure of a
transaction. Our partnership with Aon Hewitt enables us to combine our talent
and expertise to help companies find the most effective way to bring together
diverse national workforces and cultures."

Aon's M&A Solutions (AMAS) practice provides comprehensive services through
the entire M&A lifecycle including due diligence, integration planning and
implementation. For the past four years, AMAS has provided world-class thought
leadership and experience on more than 3,700 diligence assignments. The
practice's expert team is comprised of over 300 dedicated M&A professionals
worldwide, including management consultants, attorneys, actuaries, human
capital specialists, brokers, underwriters, claims adjusters and investment
bankers.

For more information about AMAS, visit
www.aon.com/risk-services/mergers-acquisitions.jsp

For more information about Universal Consensus, visit
www.universalconsensus.com

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About Universal Consensus

Universal Consensus is a global cross cultural advisory, management
consulting, and training firm. Corporations are enabled to leverage the power
of culture to increase agility, improve profitability, and optimize operations
in their business ecosystems, across borders, and around the world. Universal
Consensus clients include FedEx Corp., Whirlpool Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Roche
Holding AG, the Pentagon, and the U.S. State Department. For more information
on Universal Consensus, visit www.universalconsensus.com. Our logo is
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About Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions. The company
partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and
related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt
designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human
capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and
talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90
countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and
their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit
www.aonhewitt.com.

About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is the leading global provider of risk management,
insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and
outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon
unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and
effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global
resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the
world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary,
captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple
industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and
www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt
sponsorship with Manchester United.

CONTACT: For Universal Consensus:
         Meghann Boyd, +1 (760) 390-0185, Meghann@universalconsensus.com
        
         For Aon Hewitt:
         Maurissa Kanter,+1  847-442-0952, maurissa.kanter@aonhewitt.com

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