Paul J. Siegenthaler
Paul J Siegenthaler has helped numerous merging or acquired companies to integrate successfully, and has driven major business transformation programmes across Western Europe and North America, ensuring they deliver the business case their shareholders had been promised.

Following a Masters degree in Economics from H.E.C. Lausanne and an MBA at London Business School, Paul spent the first 17 years of his career as Managing Director reshaping the companies acquired by an international group, before focusing solely on the business integration of broad scale international mergers and acquisitions, across a number industries.

M&A Planning and Post-Merger Integration / Business Re-Alignment

Design, planning, preparation and implementation lead for the merger integration of two global premium consumer goods company's in-market subsidiaries across 12 European countries, creating the category's worldwide leader.
Design, planning, preparation and leadership of the integration team in charge of integrating a Paris-based international manufacturing company active primarily in southern Europe, acquired by a British global packaging group. Scope included planning and preparation during the regulatory approval phase and first ten months after the close of the deal. The resulting company had teams based in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and a joint venture in Sweden, with manufacturing plants in the UK, France, Spain and Germany.
Integration of five businesses into two division, to streamline, simplify and improve the company's effectiveness in preparation for a merger involving a major UK food manufacturer.
Process and business re-alignment across seven regional businesses previously acquired by a French food service company to achieve national coverage.
Process and business re-alignment to integrate 9 businesses to operate as one across North America, impacting staff located across 41 locations in the United States and Canada. This large scale integration and transformation programme required a team of up to 172 individuals, covering a period of 33 months during which the businesses were integrated in three successive phases.

Business Transformation, Values & Culture Change

Integration of a family-owned beverage business into a global FTSE-100 global company.
Process and business re-alignment across six national companies in France, UK, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland belonging to vending retail group following its acquisition by a private equity fund.
Refocusing of business priorities and management practice following the acquisition of a French manufacturing company by a private equity funded UK business.
Business transformation involving quantum change in working practices and performance culture in a family-owned German producer of consumer goods acquired by a global FMCG group.

Restructuring / Turnaround / Divestment

Outsourcing of manufacturing and supply chain following the take-over of a family-owned business by a global consumer goods group.
Divestment of non-core business, process re-design and organisation re-structure to reverse the performance decline of a German manufacturing business following its acquisition by a UK-based group.
Strategic re-orientation, organisation re-structure, outsourcing of manufacturing and divestment of non-core activities whilst integrating an Austrian company into a global consumer goods group.

What they say about me

Some of the clients and people with whom I have had the privilege of working over the past years have volunteered testimonials. Here is what they had to say :
"Paul's ability, experience, and common sense approach in leading a major change programme have created significant value for our Group. His commitment and enthusiasm are infectious. He led the integration process from start to finish to deliver the challenging goals we had set. His expertise, excellent interpersonal and communication skills were major factors in our success in bringing the two companies together so quickly" - Mike Arrowsmith, CEO LINPAC Group
"Paul Siegenthaler's experience as a practicing manager in the field of international M&A is unrivalled. His insights and advice are invaluable. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone thinking about M&A as route to growing business or improving public service efficiencies" - Professor Christopher Bones, Dean, Henley Business School, University of Reading
“Paul is a man of huge integrity who will work tirelessly to create value no matter how difficult the situation and is not afraid to put his body and soul on the line for the right cause. Somebody who you wanted on the team when times got tough”
Ian Meakins, CEO, Woolseley PLC (formerly CEO of Alliance Unichem PLC)
“Paul is one of those rare multi-cultural fast-paced (work hard- play hard) trouble-shooters you can put into any part of the world trusting to solve the issue at hand and lead people through major change and challenging times. He thrives on “impossible complex intellectual challenges “. With his exceptional brain power Paul will reframe these “elephants” into digestible bits and then lead his project teams up-front and by example. Building on his multi lingual and - cultural interpersonal skills he is able to maintain momentum in teams when most people would otherwise throw in the towel. In fact, his understanding of what makes people tick in diverse cultures will often result in a multiplier effect by getting his teams to work harder towards a common purpose (while ensuring at the same time also to have fun). Personally I am fortunate to have worked with Paul and still appreciate today our close contact as he is not only one of the most capable professional persons I have ever encountered but also a fun person to be with” - Christian Van Der Haagen - Managing Partner B4B Ventures
“Paul is the best people manager I have ever worked with or for. He truly cares for and knows the members of his team not just as employees but as people. He inspires, in his team, loyalty and a desire to go above and beyond to ensure the program’s success” - Sharon Wayne, MBA, Director Process Improvement Finance DIAGEO North America
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