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Meet Mark Walsh

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Mark Walsh believes the effective management of information technology (IT) throughout the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) life cycle, from early capability development and due diligence through detailed planning and execution, is critical to driving overall M&A transaction success. Mark is a principal and national leader of the M&A and Restructuring practice and the M&A market offering. He has more than 20 years of professional experience.

Mark has consulted nationally and internationally with major companies across a number of industries. He has been involved in all phases of M&A projects, from strategy through implementation.

Mark’s primary focus is the planning and execution of M&A IT-related projects. He has deep experience in IT applications, IT infrastructure, IT organization, IT strategy development, predeal IT due diligence, IT integration and divestiture planning and execution, IT synergy identification and capture, process reengineering, transition services agreement development and IT cost reduction. He has provided senior management support to the scoping, planning and execution of more than 20 global carveouts and integrations, ranging in size from $250 million to $20 billion.

Mark has authored numerous articles on various M&A and M&A IT topics, including IT due diligence, M&A IT capability development and merger integration planning and execution, as well as divestiture planning and execution. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on improving IT effectiveness and efficiency within an M&A context. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from Northeastern University, a certificate of special studies in business administration from Harvard Extension School and a master of business administration degree from the Columbia Business School.

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Latest media hits

2013 M&A surge seen if fiscal cliff resolved 
MarketWatch | December 18, 2012
Mark shares his perspectives on the rush to close deals this year end.

Proudest career moments

I recently was able to assist a high-tech manufacturing client with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent its business through a series of M&A transactions. Under very aggressive timelines and project requirements, the company was able to complete three parallel transactions: (1) one business unit carveout and sale, (2) one joint venture unwind and (3) a business unit carveout and initial public offering. Over an 18-month period, due in large part to the successful M&A activities, the client’s market capitalization increased by $7 billion. Throughout the project there were lots of naysayers questioning the ability of the team to pull off the effort. Through lots of hard work and the efforts of lots of talented people, the project was completed without a hitch.

“M&A transactions represent a unique opportunity for companies to fundamentally rethink their IT operations. The companies that seize the opportunity from the earliest stage of the transaction will not only accelerate the overall deal timeline and increase the chances of transaction success but will leave the new organization in a much better going-forward position. The companies that don’t will find themselves answering lots of difficult questions for the foreseeable future.”

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