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Mastering the Merger

David Harding is a partner in Bain & Company's Boston office and is a leader in the areas of corporate strategy and organizational effectiveness. He has advised several of the world's leading consumer products companies, retailers, manufacturers and service providers on growth strategies and the role of deal making in creating and sustaining shareholder value.

David is a renowned expert in M&A, due-diligence and post-merger integration, and frequently shares his expertise through published articles and public speeches. His Harvard Business Review articles include "Brands Versus Private Label: Fighting to Win" (January-February 1996), "The Starbucks Effect" (March 2000), "Winning with the Big-Box Retailers" (October 2000), "Discipline and the Dilutive Deal" (July 2002), and "Building Deals on Bedrock" (September 2004).  He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Sam Rovit is a partner in Bain & Company's Chicago office and leads Bain's global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Over the last 16 years, he has advised clients in Europe, Australia and throughout the U.S., with a particular focus on retail, distribution and industrial sectors. He has led numerous large merger integrations, developed corporate growth strategies, assisted CEOs in organization redesigns, and led performance turn-around situations in a variety of industries.

Sam also has directed proprietary Bain research on the topic of M&A, and published in Harvard Business Review, Acquisitions Monthly, Strategy & Leadership, and Mergers & Acquisitions. His Harvard Business Review articles include "Your Best M&A Strategy" (March 2003) and "Building Deals on Bedrock" (September 2004).  He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a B.A. from Duke University.

David Harding
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