M&A Readiness Academy for HR
Willis Towers Watson Academy

Over the two days we will focus on:

  1. Building relationships with your strategy teams and articulating best practice for the role of HR within a deal.
  2. Preparing your (HR) organisation to deal with critical issues when confronted with an M&A situation.
  3. Identifying priorities and interdependencies when faced with complex deals and where to focus your time where it matters.
  4. Addressing key M&A hot spots such as financial due diligence, leadership analysis, talent retention, cultural analysis and implementation planning.

Why you should be ready...

Forbes 500 CFOs have indicated that 5 out of 10 main reasons for not achieving deal goals are HR related. Successful transactions require a holistic view and an early and intense focus on people and people-related issues.

To allow you and your HR team to prepare for a merger, acquisition or divestiture, we offer this M&A Readiness Academy for HR, focused on regional and global HR practitioners. The course combines country specific knowledge and global theories.

Our risk and human capital experts, will provide you with the tools and processes needed to help you effectively manage both financial risks and people using practical case studies, war stories and hands-on exercises.

The M&A Readiness Academy for HR will ensure you are ready to support your corporate strategy teams and are able to identify the potential risks and challenges from the very start of the deal cycle all the way through to implementation.


Steve Allan

Steve leads the Willis Towers Watson Human Capital M&A practice globally and is also the leader of the Willis Towers Watson Global Service & Solutions practice in the UK. He has over 20 years’ experience working with multinational companies conducting cross-border deals and supporting clients in implementing new post-transaction structures globally. Steve manages global complex multi-country M&A due diligence and post-close implementation exercises.

Hans de Goeij

Hans joined Willis Towers Watson in 2015. As senior Communications and Change Management consultant he has over 18 years of experience in (B2B and B2C) marketing, change management, corporate, and HR communications. Hans has supported national and international transition projects at major globally operating companies.

Angel Hoover

Angel leads the Talent business in Western Europe and has more than twenty years of experience leading global projects in the areas of leadership alignment and integration, leadership assessment and development, change management, transition management and organizational design, particularly in M&A.

Ariane Köhler

Ariane is Head of Talent & Rewards Germany & Austria for Willis Towers Watson, and has more than 23 years of international experience. Before joining Willis Towers Watson she worked as CFO for GE, CEO for a BOSCH entity and as Senior Manager with focus on Human Capital Advisory Services for Deloitte Consulting. Ariane holds a Master Degree in Economics (Strasbourg). She is a certified systemic consultant & coach (ISB) and GE Six Sigma & Master Black Belt certified.

Gabe Langerak

Gabe is the Willis Towers Watson Western Europe Leader for M&A consulting. He has over 10 years’ experience in international consulting and advises multinational companies on all aspects of their compensation and benefit arrangements. Gabe manages multinational projects in the areas of local and cross border benefit, compensation reviews/audits, mergers & acquisitions, expatriate provisions and international IFRS/FAS consolidations.

Raymond Wammes

Raymond is a Rewards Director within the Rewards practice based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. He has comprehensive consulting and corporate experience within the full Total Rewards spectrum. Raymond has worked for over 20 years in international Rewards and he manages national and multinational projects on all related aspects.