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Leadership Skills in Mergers and Acquisitions

Matteo Turi

Matteo Turi

25 minutes

May 26, 2024

Leadership Skills in Mergers and Acquisitions
Interview Highlights

Not having efficient leaders can negatively impact mergers and acquisitions. According to a study by KPMG, this has been a big issue, with 83% of merger deals not giving shareholders the extra money they were hoping for.

Our guest, Matteo Turi, Chairman & Founder of Letoon Holding, joins us from London to share his expertise. Matteo sheds light on Letoon Technology, a company leveraging ultrasound technology to address the Global Food Waste Epidemic. He emphasizes the importance of shaping the leadership of the business to navigate through different phases effectively, from inception to execution and success.

Let’s walk through the key highlights of his interview with us.


Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions:

Matteo Turi, also an experienced Chief Financial Officer, provides valuable insights into the complexities of mergers and acquisitions. He shares a case study highlighting the critical role of thorough due diligence in ensuring the success of such transactions.


Common Leadership Challenges:

Reflecting on his experiences, Matteo discusses common leadership challenges observed in M&A situations, emphasizing the need for effective communication, shared vision, and resolute leadership roles to address multifaceted challenges effectively.


Building an Effective Leadership Team:

Matteo elaborates on the importance of identifying skill gaps within the executive leadership team and fostering a collaborative environment where mutual goals are established. He emphasizes the power of complementary leadership skills and the role of Coordinator, Finisher, and Creative Visionary in driving organizational success.


Recruiting Passionate Leaders:

Sharing an example from his professional journey, Matteo underscores the significance of recruiting passionate leaders who embrace change and drive cultural transformation within organizations. He highlights the impact of visionary leadership in fostering innovation and improving shareholder value.


Cultivating a Growth-oriented Culture:

Matteo discusses the transformative shift in organizational culture driven by visionary leadership, resulting in increased employee engagement, adaptability, and customer satisfaction. He emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and diversity in fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.


Succession Planning and Human Resource Management:

In the context of organizational growth, Matteo stresses the importance of succession planning and effective human resource management. He highlights the role of Chief People Officers in building diverse and dynamic leadership teams essential for long-term success.


As we conclude our discussion with Matteo Turi, we gain invaluable insights into the intricacies of leadership in mergers and acquisitions. From crafting an effective leadership team to navigating complex business transactions, our conversation highlights the critical role of visionary leadership in driving organizational success.

Official Transcript

Welcome to a riveting episode, where we reveal the enigmatic world of leadership and its profound impact on mergers and acquisitions. Today, we unravel the predicament of inadequate leadership and management capacity, a vexing issue that Robert Sher suggests are contributing factors to the haunting 83% of merger deals that have left shareholder returns bereft of the anticipated boost, according to a study by KPMG.

In this episode, we uncover the art of crafting an executive leadership team that commands attention, and unlocks ingenious strategies to forge a leadership cadre worthy of greater shareholder returns.

The first strategy involves a meticulous assessment of skill gaps within the executive leadership team to create a blend of talents and expertise. The second approach centers on recruiting steadfast leaders with passion, propelling the organization towards triumphs and achievements. The third focuses on cultivating leadership attitudes in entrepreneurs, fostering a culture of inspiration and innovation.

Finally, the fourth centers around the alchemy of organizational culture, aiming to uncover the formula for nurturing a growth-oriented and synergistic environment, propelling the organization to unprecedented heights.

Joining us from London, Matteo Turi is the Chairman & Founder of Letoon Holding, a pre-IPO company operating at the forefront of the Global Food Waste Epidemic.

Matteo, thank you so much for being here.

Matteo Turi: Thank you, Felicia. It's a pleasure to be with you today.

Felicia Shakiba: Matteo, what is Letoon Technology?

Matteo Turi: Letoon technology is a company I co-founded with some of my partners. The purpose of the business is really to utilize the latest possible ultrasound technology to make profits in a circular economy.

What is your role at Letoon and what is your expertise?

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