In this Mercuri Urval article, we argue that the first person a CEO needs to scrutinise closely in order to avoid M&A failure is him- or herself. This article is part of the "Tomorrow´s Executive"–series that bring you insights into what tomorrow´s executive will be like.
M&As can be risky business. Most are considered unsuccessful an many are outright failures that threaten company value and destroy shareholder wealth.
Critical to success is a focus on "people issues", which are often overlooked in the challenging process of uniting two separate entities. So how can a CEO or a leader secure M&A success, while keeping risk to a minimum? Here are some pointers for success: