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Meet John Powers

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

John Powers is the Managing Director of Deloitte LLP and a leader in our Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Restructuring practice. John currently directs our efforts related to government agility for our Federal practice.

During the past several years, John has helped to lead the integration of acquisitions, including several very large global mergers, totaling more than $75 billion in enterprise value and integrating more than 200,000 employees around the globe. He was also a lead advisor on Deloitte Consulting LLP’s integration of the Bearing Point Public Sector practice.

On average, John has helped his clients complete their integration planning in less than 90 days while exceeding their synergy targets by more than 50 percent as compared to their publicly announced goals, with no disruption to current operations.

"Two of the most important measures of achievement on very large, global mergers are an issue-free Day One and an aligned leadership team that's ready to execute on the integration plan on Day One. I recall participating in the Day One global launch with employees participating in a joint, virtual broadcast for a major merger. As we exited the event with more than 5,000 employees from both companies, there was a palpable buzz in the air. The joint integration leadership then proceeded to continue the celebration with a dinner. As I watched the team interact, it was difficult to distinguish between the organizations, and they appeared as though they had been colleagues for years. They were proud, excited and united. That's the pinnacle of merger integration.”

John is the co-champion for Columbia University recruiting and a visiting executive lecturer at the Darden School of Business on the topic of merger integration. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and BA from Brown University.

“One of the most critical rules to follow in merger integration is the 80/20 rule. Focus your time on the 20 percent of the activities that will drive 80 percent of the value.”

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