Universal Consensus - Aon Hewitt Partnership


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Aon Hewitt (NYSE: AON) today announced an alliance with Universal Consensus, LLC, a leading cross-cultural consulting firm, to enhance Aon Hewitt global M&A practice. Universal Consensus will enhance Aon Hewitt’s capabilities to serve global stakeholders from different cultures throughout the M&A process, from deal-making and due diligence to risk management and integration.

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Universal Consensus - Aon Hewitt Partnership

  1. 1. NEWS FROM UNIVERSAL CONSENSUSMedia Contacts:For Universal Consensus:Meghann Boyd, +1 (760) 390-0185, Meghann@universalconsensus.comFor Aon Hewitt:Maurissa Kanter,+1 847-442-0952, maurissa.kanter@aonhewitt.comFor Immediate Release Leading Cross-Cultural Consulting Firm, Universal Consensus, LLC., Partners With Aon Hewitt to Serve Global M&A ClientsCultural differences significantly impact the international M&A process and play a critical role in the valuationof M&A targets and the reduction of cost and risk during M&A integrationSAN DIEGO, January 24, 2013 –, Universal Consensus LLC, a leading cross-cultural managementconsultant and training firm, today announced it is collaborating with Aon Hewitt, the global human resourcesolutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), to enhance Aon Hewitt’s cross-cultural advisory, integration andbusiness optimization services for its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) clients.Headquartered in San Diego, Universal Consensus offers cross-cultural assessments, advisory services, andtraining to hundreds of large organizations around the world. Its proprietary framework, the BMIA™ (BusinessModel of Intercultural Analysis), evaluates companies’ challenges and growth opportunities of doing businessacross cultures, both internationally and domestically. Armed with this data, Universal Consensus expertsdevelop customized solutions including assessments, strategic advising, training, executive coaching andother programs to help companies improve how they integrate across cultures during a merger, acquisition orjoint venture.“Culture is one of the big obstacles hindering deal success and is a driving force behind many otherimmediate causes of deal failure, including delayed integration or implementation. Some of the largestcompanies in the world pull out or scale back in foreign target markets simply because they failed tounderstand the impact of national cultures on the very factors they relied upon to drive profitability,” saidDavid Sult, senior vice president of Merger and Acquisitions Solutions at Aon Hewitt. “Our partnership withUniversal Consensus complements our existing cultural capabilities, expands our global footprint and bringsus additional levels of insight, capabilities and tools to help companies understand and manage the cross-cultural issues that impact the success of their M&A transactions.”“More and more companies realize the importance of evaluating and controlling the impact of nationalcultures coming together during the M&A process,” said Denise Pirrotti Hummel, CEO of UniversalConsensus. “Failing to appropriately identify, analyze and manage cultural differences can create significantproblems for organizations and can often lead to the success or failure of a transaction. Our partnership withAon Hewitt enables us to combine our talent and expertise to help companies find the most effective way tobring together diverse national workforces and cultures.”Aon’s M&A Solutions (AMAS) practice provides comprehensive services through the entire M&A lifecycleincluding due diligence, integration planning and implementation. For the past four years, AMAS has providedworld-class thought leadership and experience on more than 3,700 diligence assignments. The practice’sexpert team is comprised of over 300 dedicated M&A professionals worldwide, including managementconsultants, attorneys, actuaries, human capital specialists, brokers, underwriters, claims adjusters andinvestment bankers. 1
  2. 2. For more information about AMAS, visit www.aon.com/risk-services/mergers-acquisitions.jspFor more information about Universal Consensus, visit www.universalconsensus.com ###Sign up for News Alerts: http://aon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=58Follow Aon Hewitt on Twitter @AonHewittAbout Universal ConsensusUniversal Consensus is a global cross cultural advisory, management consulting, and training firm. Corporations areenabled to leverage the power of culture to increase agility, improve profitability, and optimize operations in their businessecosystems, across borders, and around the world. Universal Consensus clients include FedEx Corp., Whirlpool Corp.,Qualcomm Inc., Roche Holding AG, the Pentagon, and the U.S. State Department. For more information on UniversalConsensus, visit www.universalconsensus.com. Are logo is available for media use.About Aon HewittAon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions. The company partners with organizations to solve their mostcomplex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs,implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, healthcare, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewittmakes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visitwww.aonhewitt.com.About AonAon plc (NYSE: AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, andhuman resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites toempower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and throughindustry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the worlds best broker,best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm bymultiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learnabout Aons global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.