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.

Mark Dickelman of MALC

Mark Dickelman

M&A Partners

Mark brings over 20 years of executive leadership in information technology, payments and financial services. Mr. Dickelman brings a wealth of hands-on expertise for a range of M&A scenarios.

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".

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.  

Donald Nagle of MALC

Donald Nagle

M&A Partners

Donald is a strategic change and transformation consultant with over 20 years of experience serving global clients. He has developed and implemented major change initiatives that span the value chain and cover all major functions. He focuses on business-driven change, transition management, and organizational development.

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.

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.

Wendy Selley

Wendy Selley

M&A Partners

Wendy Selley is a passionate M&A professional, bringing over 12 years of experience leading global M&A engagements, driving successful acquisitions/integrations, equity investments, JVs, partnerships, and divestitures including complicated buy and sell-side carve-outs.

Briana Sharp of MALC

Briana Sharp

M&A Partners

Briana Sharp is a business transformation leader and M&A expert with a reputation of facilitating major change.  Briana has the unique talent of finding common ground between business needs and the employee experience, utilizing a business-friendly approach that helps engage staff through the transformation process.

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.

Anna Sherony of MALC

Anna Sherony

M&A Partners

Senior cybersecurity and privacy expert, Anna Sherony, serves as Partner with Fortium Partners and as Senior Advisor to M&A Partners.

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 of MALC

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.