Magazine article Workforce Management

5 Questions: UNLOCKING THE RIGHT COMBINATION

Magazine article Workforce Management

5 Questions: UNLOCKING THE RIGHT COMBINATION

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A corporate merger can be a challenging and exciting opportunity for a human resources leader, according to Greg Besio, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Aon Hewitt. Besio found plenty of challenges last year when Aon Corp. acquired Hewitt Associates. Besio recently spoke with Workforce Management senior writer Rita Pyrillis about the process in this excerpt.

Workforce Management: What role did you play as executive integration leader during the merger?

Greg Besio: I dealt with the mechanics, like what are the financials? How are we going to make this work? What do we want this company to look like, and how do we describe what we are doing both to our investors and our clients?

WM: What was/is your biggest HR challenge during the integration?

Besio: We were really sensitive to the cultural issues, so we went out of our way to make sure that [leadership] teams we put together were very balanced with people from both organizations.

WM: How did employees learn about the merger, and what issues were they most concerned about?

Besio: Our objective was to be really transparent throughout the integration process. On the day of the [merger] announcement, we had town halls around the world. …

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