Meet the experts of the 2016 workshop!
You have asked for experts on merger integration and expertise with merger integration cases. We cover many industries and a history of numerous local and international merger integrations. This is what we can cover. This list is from the May 2016 workshop in Frankfurt.
Alexandra N. Crusen is a seasoned mergers and acquisition as well as post-merger integration expert with more than 15 years’ experience. She is director of Integration Management at Robert Bosch GmbH and member of the board of Gesellschaft für Post Merger Integration (GfPMI). Before that, she was head of M&A/PMI at Dekra SE and worked as M&A consultant in investment banking. From her background Alexandra Crusen is a lawyer and studied organizational psychology.
Her key success factor for PMI projects: An integrated project and change management approach
Dr. Ralf Held took office in the Senior Management at Mediengruppe Pressedruck in 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was Vice President at E.ON. In both companies, his responsibility was focused on Business Development and Post Acquisition Integration. In this capacity, Ralf Held headed several billion Euro acquisition deals and he is regarded as a leading expert in the field of PMI. Furthermore, he is CEO and founder of the Gesellschaft für Post Merger Integration e. V.
Dr. Johannes Gerds is a leading PMI author and consultant in Germany. In his 20-year career he was a partner at Deloitte, where he spearheaded the Post-merger integration department. In addition to his advisory activities Dr. Gerds is author of numerous publications,
including the renowned book Post-merger Integration: success by integration excellence. In 2011, Dr. Gerds founded the Gesellschaft für Post Merger Integration e. V.
Dr. Karl Michael Popp is senior director of mergers and acquisitions in the Corporate Strategy and Business Development team at SAP SE. He is responsible for holistic due diligence of acquisition targets and post merger integration of acquired companies. Over the course of nine years M&A experience, he has been involved in over two dozen merger integrations of companies like hybris, Sybase, datango, ticketWeb, MaXware and others.
He is member of the german M&A association and board member of the german association for post merger integration (GFPMI.DE).
In his new book he shares his profound knowledge of the software industry in mergers and acquisitions.
Olaf Mackert is the Design Thinking coach for the workshop. He is Head of Design Thinking in the Mobile and User Experiences Center of Excellence at SAP SE´s IT department.
He is responsible for improving the user experiences and change the perception of an IT organization towards an Innovator through the introduction of Design Thinking, Agile and UX Methods.
Olaf has 10 years professional experience with Innovation Management, Transformation Management, Design Thinking, latest technologies and Routines in facilitation of creative and innovative workshops with clients and senior peers.
Olaf is also senior lecturer at the University of Stuttgart.
Kaija Katariina Erkkilä is CEO of Midaxo. With 30 years’ hands-on and executive experience in global M&A, Kaija Katariina is a recognized M&A and integration expert. She’s also an M&A coach, author and lecturer. In addition to M&A, Kaija Katariina has had senior sales, marketing, and general executive roles in large medical device companies in the US and Europe.
Franco Pörtner has been a Partner of Accuracy Corporate Finance Advisory since 2014. He leads Accuracy’s German Transaction Advisory practice and is also responsible for the international launch of PMI services.
Franco has some 20 years of experience along the entire M&A value chain from Strategy Development to Post-Merger Integration from a corporate, banking and advisory perspective.
Prior to Accuracy, he had worked for 8 years for the German Bosch Group, amongst others as VP Corporate M&A, responsible for PMI methodology and the integration of numerous acquisitions, and Head of Strategy and M&A of the Power Tools business unit. Before Bosch, he had worked for KPMG, PwC and ABN AMRO Corporate Finance.
Franco has been a member of the Gesellschaft für Post Merger Integration e.V. (German Association for Post-Merger Integration) since 2011, which he co-founded, and a co-author of the recently published survey “PMI – Learn from the professionals”.
Clemens Siegfanz is HR M&A Director at SAP SE. He has been responsible for several large HR Integration like SuccessFactors or hybris into SAP SE. He was also involved in several acquisitions like MaxWare, TicketWeb or Secude. Besides the integration of HR core programs his focus shifts more to Change and Business Transformation in the context of M&A. Clemens holds a master in International Management Consulting and is a certified program manager.
Bernd Hartings is Managing Director of German Management Consulting GmbH in Frankfurt, focussing on interim management and on program and project management for large IT innovation initiatives.
In his 20 years career several mandates included post M&A situations spanning from European integration and turnaround activities to technical due diligence for buy side CIOs.
Ralf Meyer is founder, business consultant and business angel at Synomic GmbH in Walldorf. 15 years in management positions at global software players Software AG and SAP and another 15 years working for and with enterprise software startups from Germany, Israel, Japan, UK and the USA give him a broad and deep software industry expertise. Ralf was involved in a number of due diligences, (VC) funding rounds, asset deals, and M&A. His special interest is in Software Ecosystems and Business Models. He published together with other experts a growing number of books and is co-founder of the non-profit SAP International Partner Association.
Achim Westermann, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), joined SNP AG in 2002. He is responsible for the SNP product portfolio and the software-related aspects of the partnership with SAP.
Prior to his current role, he went through different positions at SNP in technical consulting, SAP Business Workflow implementation, ABAP™-based application & product development, and sales and partner management.
After earning his master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), he worked for 8 years as a Technical Consultant at SAP AG, Walldorf.
During his professional career, he was a consultant for various global corporations on four continents. A major aspect of his consulting practice has been planning, implementing, and operating global SAP landscapes as well as supporting SAP customers in transforming their IT landscapes according to both business and technical requirements.
Cornelia Leijdekker is a very experienced event manager from tatkraft events. She manages location, catering, technology, sponsors and exhibition at the workshop.