Media Advisory: HR strives to meet growing M&A challenges – new Mercer infographic

  Media Advisory: HR strives to meet growing M&A challenges – new Mercer

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 5, 2013

The attitudes and opinions of HR leaders from around the world about their
role in M&A transactions were featured in Mercer’s latest weekly Mercer/THINK
infographic “HR Strives to Meet Growing M&A Challenges”
( Key insights highlighted in this infographic,
broken out by geographic region, reveal:

  *By a wide margin HR leaders selected change management and
    business/culture integration as the two issues receiving insufficient
    leadership attention in M&A situations
  *Areas of growing HR involvement in M&A include more support for
    post-merger integration, increased business focus and knowledge in order
    to realize full deal value and aggressive timelines between targeting,
    signing and closing transactions
  *HR leaders who felt their departments could not meet leadership’s M&A
    requirements identified better executive direction, better project
    management, resources for country-specific HR regulations/practices and
    M&A-focused training as the most helpful areas for improved outcomes

These findings were derived from more than 325 HR executives who were surveyed
as part of their attending Mercer’s global M&A Ready™ (
2012 workshops across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA.

M&A Ready two-day executive workshops cover today’s best practices in each
deal phase as well as critical processes and strategic HR project management
approaches that are designed for both cross-border and domestic transactions.

If you would like to discuss the insights highlighted in the infographic or
other M&A related topics with Mercer consultants including Len Gray, Global
Leader of Mercer’s M&A consulting business, please contact Bruce Lee at
212-345-0553 or Please also feel free to republish the
infographic in your own media outlets.

NOTE TO EDITORS - Mercer has recently launched the M&A Ready 2013 workshop
series, now in its tenth year, with 24 workshops scheduled worldwide.

In the Americas M&A Ready 2013 workshops will be held in the following

  *Calgary, Canada – April 10-11
  *Medellin, Colombia – April 17-18
  *Houston, USA – April 24-25
  *Miami, USA – May 14-15
  *Toronto, Canada – June 12-13
  *New York, USA – June 26-27
  *San Francisco, USA – September 17-18
  *Mexico City, Mexico - October (exact date tbd)
  *Chicago, USA – October 23-24

To learn more and to register for M&A Ready 2013 workshops, please visit

About Mercer

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investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth
and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s 20,000
employees are based in more than 40 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global team of
professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the
areas of risk, strategy and human capital. With 53,000 employees worldwide and
annual revenue exceeding $11 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the
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intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management
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