Our Presenters

John Bender

John Bender

M&A Partners

John has more than 20 years of experience as a high-tech business transformation executive and is known as an innovative & decisive executive with a passion for winning in the market.

Donna Brighton

M&A Partners

Donna Brighton serves as a Senior Advisor with M&A Partners and is the founder and President of the Brighton Leadership Group. Donna is a business leader that specializes in getting results for her clients through change management.

MALC Mary Chico

Mary Chico

Willis Towers Watson

Mary Chico is a Director within Willis Towers Watson’s M&A practice.  Mary focuses her consulting on leading complex global M&A, joint venture, divestiture and spin-off transactions.  She has extensive experience in talent retention, culture and integration effectiveness.

Denise Elias of MALC

Denise Elias

M&A Partners

Denise has over 25 years of professional leadership and consulting experience for a variety of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. She has led due diligence, pre- and post- acquisition integration planning and multi-country integrations totaling over $3B in value.

Ellen Federman

Willis Towers Watson

Ellen Federman is a member of Willis Towers Watson’s Global M&A Practice and is the M&A lead for the East Division of the U.S.  Ellen focuses on business and HR strategy and complex project management.

Mark Herndon

Mark Herndon

M&A Leadership Council

Mark Herndon is Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council.  He specializes in a broad range of strategic and business effectiveness initiatives and is the co-author of “The Complete Guide To Mergers and Acquisitions".

David Hunt

David Hunt

Willis Towers Watson

Dave provides HR corporate transaction consulting advice and has extensive experience with all deal stages from pre-deal strategic planning, through due diligence, to do-by-close and post-acquisition integration.

Jim Jeffries of M&A Leadership Council

Jim Jeffries

M&A Leadership Council

Jim Jeffries is Chairman at M&A Leadership Council.  Jim spent twenty-five years leading national and international consulting companies, private equity and M&A.

Mark Juergens of MALC

Mark Juergens

M&A Partners

Mark has over 25 years of professional experience spanning corporate strategy, M&A, and client services leadership in a telecom strategy consulting firm.   He has led due diligence, pre- and post- acquisition integration planning and multi-country integrations for over 25 deals totaling value over $5B in value.

Kelly Karger

Willis Towers Watson

Kelly Karger is a Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant with Willis Towers Watson based in the Minneapolis office. She is an Enrolled Actuary and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with 19 years of experience helping organizations manage their retirement programs.

Dean W Kepraios

Dean W. Kepraios

Willis Towers Watson

Dean Kepraios, Willis Towers Watson’s M&A champion for Texas, has 26 years of consulting experience with multinational organizations, he has presented on a variety of human resources-related topics, and has worked with a variety of clients from a range of industries.

Jocelyn Lammoglia

Jocelyn Lammoglia

Willis Towers Watson

Jocelyn Lammoglia is a Director within Willis Towers Watson’s M&A Practice, heavily involved in supporting and developing M&A initiatives in Latin America, as well as supporting M&A cross-border assignments.

Michael Murray

M&A Partners

Michael Murray, a principal with M&A Partners, is an experienced executive with an extensive background in operations management, process development, organizational development/change, and merger integration.  

Wendy Parkes

Wendy Parkes

M&A Partners

Wendy Parkes has over 30-years’ experience as an HR Professional in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia in the financial services industry.  Wendy’s passion lies with Global M&A where she has been instrumental in leading the HR side of numerous deals through due diligence, planning, integration, and optimization efforts.

Jack Prouty of M&A Leadership Council

Jack Prouty

M&A Leadership Council

Jack Prouty is the President of the M&A Leadership Council, Managing Partner of Prouty, Montgomery + Partners (PM+P) and a subject matter expert in the field of mergers and integrations.

Mark Rapier of MALC

Mark Rapier

M&A Partners

Mark brings over 30 years of executive leadership in information technology across multiple industries including Manufacturing & Industrial Services, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Financial Services & Insurance.

James Sharpe

James Sharpe

Willis Towers Watson

James is an M&A Consultant within the Global Services and Solutions (GSS) Group based in New York. He focuses on providing solutions, guidance and advice to US Multinationals companies on a variety of International Merger and Acquisition projects, with a focus on due diligence and integration project management roles.

John Sinkus

M&A Partners

John Sinkus leverages his more than 30 years of business systems integration, enterprise architecture, business and project thought leadership and CIO experience.

Duncan Smithson

Duncan Smithson

Willis Towers Watson

Based in Chicago, Duncan is a Senior Director in Willis Towers Watson's  M&A group with 25 years of M&A and international consulting experience. Duncan provides HR M&A consulting advice to a wide range of corporate and private equity firms and has extensive experience of all deal stages from pre-deal strategic planning, through due diligence, to do-by-close and post-acquisition integration.

Stephanie Snyder

M&A Partners

Stephanie Snyder is a Senior Partner at M&A Partners.  Stephanie has more than 18 years' experience delivering value-creating M&A advisory services to clients.