Shari Yocum joined several other HR mergers-and-acquisitions veterans last year to form Tasman Consulting,
a firm devoted to helping employers and their HR leaders through the difficult process.
Experts shed light on what it will take for
HR professionals to become true strategic
partners to top managers during mergers
BY ANDREW R. MCILVAINE
So you think you—and your HR direct reports—will per- form stunningly well during
a merger or acquisition? Well then,
consider this scenario, courtesy of
someone who’s managed more than
50 acquisitions at a major company:
The business leaders overseeing a
merger want to retain a superstar
employee from the firm being
acquired. However, the salary they
want to pay this person far exceeds
what someone in that role normally
gets at the acquiring organization.
What to do?