2011 December Power Breakfast
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The Role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 7:00am - 9:00am | Mercer University - Atlanta Campus

How often are you asked, “where do you work?”  More and more often, when we go to answer that question, it isn’t so simple.  Why, because, we start off, with, I work for ___________, which was formerly, ____________, but now is being acquired by _______________.  This often leads to multiple questions of when and why, a comparison of different company cultures, and a discussion of how these changes impact your role.  

We are talking Mergers and Acquisitions.  The Human Resources organization plays an important role when companies decide to either merge, acquire or sell.  They are involved in assessing and selecting the talent for the “new” company, keeping employees motivated and engaged, reviewing different benefit and compensation plans, not to mention all the HR technology and how to integrate. Join us for an interactive discussion with several senior-level HR Professionals that recently assisted their company in a merger or acquisition or are currently in the midst of this process.  They will provide insights on the key roles that HR takes during a merger and acquisition and what they have learned along the way.  

Moderator: Alan Brewer, Global Talent Management, Global Learning & Development Leader, Equifax  

-Matthew Carlomagno, former Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer, EMS Technologies, recently acquired by Honeywell
-Jim Link, Managing Director, Human Resources, Randstad, currently acquiring Spherion
-Michael Marzano, Aon Hewitt, AON Mergers and Acquisitions Solutions (AMAS), North America Business Leader and active --participant during AON’s acquisition of Hewitt

Alan Brewer, is Global Learning & Development Leader for Equifax, Inc.   Brewer joined Equifax in 2009 and identifies and diagnoses organizational issues and opportunities, with the goal of providing solutions to help the business achieve optimal performance. He leads a geographically dispersed team of global learning consultants who conduct needs assessments and who design, develop and deliver solutions to employees, clients and partners.  Prior to joining Equifax, Brewer was Director, Executive Development and Global Leaning with Turner Broadcasting System Inc.  While at Turner,  he was responsible for the conception, development and execution of global learning strategies for all Turner and CNN brands and for communicating corporate strategies via learning initiatives, training, and speaker series programs, as well as blended, distance and e-learning approaches. .Brewer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Mercer University and a Master’s degree in Management, also from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  

Matthew Carlomagno, former, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, EMS Technologies:  Matthew Carlomagno was appointed Corporate Director for EMS Technologies in March 2010.  In this role, he was responsible for the Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities organizations reporting directly to Dr. Neil A Mackay, President and CEO for the company.  In November 2010, the Board of Directors of EMS Technologies voted to appoint Carlomagno as a company officer in the role of Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer.  In this role, he continued to report to Mackay and was responsible for Global Human Resources and organizational activities and served as a key executive and strategic advisor to Mackay and the executive team in the business decisions for the company. Carlomagno was a member of the executive team which executed a successful company sale of EMS Technologies to Honeywell in Q3 2011.   

Jim Link, Managing Director, Human Resources, Randstad US.  Jim Link has overall responsibility for driving the human capital strategy for Randstad US, which currently puts over 44,000 people to work each week and has 9,607 customers, and 326 branches.  He and his team are responsible for managing all aspects of the HR organization including the Randstad Center of Learning Excellence, organizational design and strategy, talent acquisition, and employee relations.
Prior to joining Randstad, Link held senior-level HR positions with Porsche Cars North America, The Pillsbury Company and General Electric.  During his time with The Pillsbury Company, Link led merger and integration activities for two acquisitions growing the foodservice business by approximately $750 million.   
Link began his career in human resources as a co-op student for General Electric.  Link has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Murray State University in Kentucky,  a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication, and his SPHR Certification from the Society of Human Resources

Michael Marzano is a Principal within Aon Hewitt’s Corporate Transaction and Transformation practice who has 22 years of HR consulting and M&A experience. Michael is responsible for working with senior HR and M&A executives to help them plan and lead global merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions on a global and national basis.   Michael has led many large-scale global and multinational transactions, including United Airlines and Continental Airlines merger, Merck’s acquisition of Millipore, Marathon Oil’s divestiture of its Upstream business, BlackRock’s acquisition of Barclay’s Global Investors, Phillip’s Electronics of Saeco Corporation, several of Wachovia’s transactions and many others. 

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