ACG San Diego: Why Corporate Culture is the Most Overlooked Factor in Merger Success

ACG San Diego: Aligning Shareholder Interests & Repositioning Your Company for Sale

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January 14, 2020 7 AM - 9 AM PST

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Why Corporate Culture is the Most Overlooked Factor in Merger Success

Featuring Garry Ridge, Chairman & CEO, WD-40 Company & Denise Hummel, CEO, Lead Inclusively

In M&A deals, alignment of corporate cultures facilitates post-close integration.  Unfortunately, deals often don’t live up to expectations because of cultural differences.  While everyone focuses on increasing market share, introducing new products, or expanding into new markets, one factor is usually overlooked - the human factor.  Learn about culture integration in M&A from two nationally known CEOs who have lived through several deals as they discuss what’s at risk, where to start, how to communicate and foster a connection with employees, how to highlight cultural similarities, and how to create collaboration, enhanced performance, and innovation.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Why acquirers believe corporate culture plays a significant role in M&A success
  2. Why evaluating corporate cultural compatibility is a strategic business imperative
  3. How diversity and inclusion can drive innovation and competitive advantage in M&A


  • Garry Ridge – Chairman and CEO, WD-40 Company
  • Denise Hummel – CEO, Lead Inclusively – Moderator

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  • ACGSD Members & ACGSD Sponsors: $0
  • ACGSD Next Gen Members: $0
  • Members of Other Chapters: $75
  • Non-Members & Guests: $95 


Contact Executive Director Judy Susser-Travis, CMP, CMM at or 619-741-7247.

Please Note: Your registration for this event acts as an audio/video release and includes your permission for ACG San Diego to use your image and comments captured on audio, video or photographic formats while attending the event for marketing and promotional purposes. For further information please contact: Judy Susser-Travis - ACG San Diego Executive Director @ or 619 741 7247.


Garry Ridge

Garry Ridge

WD-40 Company
Chairman and CEO

Garry is responsible for strategy development, operations, and strategic partnerships. He is passionate about empowering the company’s organizational culture, and his vision and leadership have positively impacted WD-40 since 1987 and in over 70 countries. Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management, and succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.’ ”

Denise Hummel JD

Denise Hummel JD

Lead Inclusively

Denise is a global thought leader, selected as one of The Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches (Goldsmith is a renowned business educator, leading executive coach, and NY Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author) from 16,000 applicants. Early in her legal career, she won the first class action under the American’s With Disabilities Act. She moved into international M&A when her cross-cultural consultancy was acquired by Ernst & Young. Denise and her team leverage diversity, inclusion and culture to create real business ROI with deep expertise and cutting-edge technology tools.

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