Post-Merger Leadership team

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    What will happen to the current leadership team for the acquired company post-integration integration?


    Obviously depends on many factors but in our experience we have worked with each individual to see where their passions lie and where they would like to continue their path with the company. Often given another type of leadership role, wether that is at the C suite level or below that, trying to fit them in a respected place similar to their previous position.

    David Widmer

    I guess it is a mixture of objective factors (e.g. the management’s measurable pre-merger performance) and subjective factors (e.g. the management’s perceived commitment to the merger)

    Iwona Janik

    It depends on many factors, for example: the company A acquires company B to develop a new area of expertise / offering. In such a case, often leadership from the acquired company turns into leadership in the “buyer” organization.


    It depends on multiple factors. Whether the leadership team of the target company will be eliminated or absorbed into the management team of NewCo depends on the overall business objectives. It also depends on the areas where the parent organization has dependency on target company’s key talent. For e.g. acquiring a company to gain IP knowledge or to get into a new product category would require retention of key talent from the target company to ensure business continuity.

    Frederik DW

    The fate of an acquired company’s leadership team post-integration varies, based on factors like the acquirer’s plans, leadership performance, and the acquisition terms. Options could include retention for their expertise, transition for a smooth handover, replacement by the acquirer’s team, shifting to advisory roles, or immediate exit. Sometimes, golden parachutes provide financial benefits for top executives during such transitions.

    Erin Gray

    For my company, we try to keep the leadership team in place. We are acquiring companies in regions we’re not currently in so this is a win-win for our growth strategy.


    The fate of the acquired leadership team should be negotiated and discussed as soon as possible. Plus the acquirer should offer retention bonuses with clear targets for those who are deemed critical for the business. If these decisions are delayed it creates a negative impact to the management and their teams. In short, we you want to ensure your good company culture doesn’t turn sour.


    It very much depends on the deal strategy. Sometimes, you can see from the SPA the key employees. There will often be ‘seller’ key employees and ‘non-seller’ key employees. In addition, the acquirer will have a vision and a strategy for the deal. People are often a crucial driver for acquisitions. My advice is to find out more about the deal strategy and the vision for the future.

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