Mercer makes three key leadership appointments in its M&A practice

01 April 2019

Global human resources consultancy Mercer has made Brent Heslop (Seattle) the new head of its global M&A business transformation segment. Reporting to Heslop are Paul Kibbe (New York) and Julie van Waveren (Miami), who have been appointed as senior principal and principal, respectively.

As head of global M&A business transformation, Brent Heslop will leverage his more than 25 years of experience in business strategy and organization design to help clients realize deal value and objectives though organization design, culture, governance, and leadership selection. Based out of Seattle, he will report to Jeff Cox, head of global M&A transaction services.

Heslop rejoined Mercer in 2017 as a partner in the talent strategies and organization effectiveness practice, having previously worked at the firm as a principal in HR strategy and operations between 2001 and 2004. Prior to rejoining Mercer, he was a director of healthcare people and organization at PwC for three-and-a-half years, and vice president of human resources at device insurance company Asurion for more than two years.

Before that, he was an HR strategic business partner at pharma firm Eli Lilly and Company, leading organization and leadership development, as well as succession management, executive staffing, and human capital planning.
Mercer makes three key leadership appointments in its M&A practiceEarlier in his career, Heslop was an organizational consultant at Novations Group and AT&T. He holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

Reporting to Heslop is new senior principal Paul Kibbe, who bring more than 13 years of consulting experience to his new role in M&A transaction services. During his career, Kibbe has advised numerous high-profile clients on organization design, talent strategies, change management, program management, communications, and training.

Before joining Mercer, he spent nine years at PwC, rising from the role of senior associate in the people and change practice, to director of the people and organization practice. Before PwC, Kibbe spent three-and-a-half years as a project leader at global learning and consulting firm, The Forum Corporation. He started his career at Aerotek Professional Services as an accounting and finance recruiter.

Kibbe holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hamilton College, and is a licensed human capital strategist.

Meanwhile, Julie van Waveren brings more than 15 years of experience in talent strategy and acquisition to her role as a principal in the M&A team. Van Waveren, who has been with Mercer since 2007, previously led the firm’s career business in Mexico. She joined the firm as a senior consultant, working on talent management and employee engagement projects.

Prior to joining Mercer, van Waveren was an employee engagement consultant at Recursos Humanos y Organizacion, working with clients including Kraft Foods and Tetra Pak. Van Waveren holds a master’s degree in strategic people strategy from St. Andrew’s University in Buenos Aires, as well as a degree in sociology from the University of Salvador.

“We’re pleased to name Brent, Julie, and Paul to their new roles,” Jeff Cox, head of global M&A transaction services, said. “Their diverse experiences and proven track records of success will aid us in providing exceptional service and solutions to our clients. At Mercer, we understand that questions of organization and leadership talent are at the core of driving deal value. Under Brent’s leadership, the Business Transformation team will help clients deliver on their deal thesis.”


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Maine Pointe promotes Mark McTigue to executive vice president

24 April 2019

Two years into his role, Maine Pointe has promoted Mark McTigue from vice president to executive vice president.

At Maine Pointe, McTigue has a specific focus on the private equity industry and has helped several of the firm’s private equity clients boost their returns on portfolio companies. “His skills and insights have proven essential in helping clients achieve unparalleled levels of competitive success,” said David Jadwin, who leads Maine Pointe’s business development activities.

McTigue joined the international supply chain and operations consultancy in early 2017, bringing more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, supply chain management, and consulting to the firm. Most recently, he served operations consultancy The Highland Group as a senior partner, and was EVP of business development in North America for Alexander Proudfoot – another operations specialist. 

During his more than 15 years in consulting, McTigue has worked with a variety of clients (Fortune 1000, mid-market companies, and start-ups) across multiple industries, spanning consumer packaged goods, industrial products, chemicals, food and beverage, automotive, oil and gas, financial services, high-tech, hospitality, and logistics.

McTigue specializes in helping executives and senior managers design and implement operational excellence programs across the end-to-end supply chain – allowing them to drive more than a billion dollars in sustainable EBITDA and cash improvements.

“Mark has been instrumental in driving supply chain optimization and surpassing clients’ targets for growth,” Jadwin said. “He has also played a key role in positioning Total Value Optimization [Maine Pointe’s approach for creating end-to-end shareholder value across the entire supply chain] as one of the most important business methodologies.”

Maine Pointe promotes Mark McTigue to Executive Vice PresidentMcTigue frequently publishes thought leadership pieces in high-profile business management publications, including The Innovation Enterprise, where his article "The effectiveness of operating resources in creating incremental value" examined the importance of value creation and how private equity firms have diversified their roles. In a recent article on, McTigue and Maine Pointe’s Michael Kirstein discussed the role analytics plays in helping private equity improve due diligence.

His appointment comes at a time when private equity firms are investing more than ever, though are simultaneously struggling to translate these investments into equity. “We often see a value gap between targets for cost reduction, cash flow, and growth and the actual value derived from an acquisition,”  McTigue said, referring to a study conducted by Maine Pointe last year among executives in the private equity industry.

“In my new role as executive vice president, I will continue to help our private equity clients achieve success in the face of their challenges.” 

Earlier this year, Maine Pointe in the US appointed Rex ClothierJanice Pinson and Mary Lyons to senior roles. Globally, the consultancy has offices in Asia and Europe.