Episode 66: Jennifer Fondrevay, M&A expert, author of ‘Now What? A Survivor’s Guide for Thriving Through Mergers and Acquisitions’

Jennifer Fondrevay is author of Now What? A Survivor’s Guide for Thriving Through Mergers and Acquisitions. Jennifer is an organizational transformation consultant advising business leaders on how to prepare for the human capital challenges of mergers and acquisitions. 

Join us as Jennifer Fondrevay shares important strategies for guiding a human-centred approach to business transformation, where employees are at the heart of the change.

In today’s episode you will learn:

  • Why 79 percent of mergers and acquisitions fail to meet their financial goals in the first year
  • How forward-thinking leaders can avoid pitfalls such as the “Us Versus Them” dynamic that frequently follows a merger and acquisition announcement
  • What really undermines a successful M & A deal, and how to prevent it
  • Steps leaders can take to retain the vision, momentum, and especially the talent acquired, post M & A


Jennifer Fondrevay: “If you haven’t from the get-go defined what the vision is going to be and how it’s going to come to life and the role that the work force plays in delivering the vision, you are going to have a really hard time holding onto key talent.”

“This is not an HR-only problem. Everyone has to be accountable. All executives need to consider what the roles will be for this business to be successful. To make the vision become a reality. Own it from the beginning.”

You can connect with Jennifer Fondrevay via Twitter at @jjfondrevay

Contact details:

Jennifer Fondrevay on Twitter

Jennifer Fondrevay’s website

Jennifer Fondrevay: Now What? A Survivor’s Guide for Thriving Through Mergers and Acquisitions

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