1. The client
A leading multinational in the diagnostic devices sector.
2. The challenge
The client was in the process of integrating a newly acquired Swiss company with the group's branch already present in Switzerland. The challenge consisted of rapidly implementing the organisational harmonisation and cultural integration of the newly acquired company with the local branch, while also establishing correct information flows with the Parent Company. Indeed despite operating in the same sector, both companies were profoundly different in terms of size, management style, company population, local regulations, process levels and last but not least, language and cultural aspects, as both are located in different cantons of the Swiss Confederation.
3. The intervention
It was recommended that the client add a Temporary Manager to the Swiss organisation; together with the HR Director & Integration Manager, directly reporting to the Italian corporate; their mission would mainly focus on facilitating the integration process of both companies, within a one-year time frame.
This executive selection honed in on a local senior manager of Swiss nationality, with a background in organisational consultancy and company merger projects, bilingual in Italian and German.
4. The results
An intense Europe-wide search process resulted in the identification of a manager with strong staff development skills. Operating in alternation between both Swiss locations and the Italian headquarters, the manager developed and implemented an Integration Project consisting of a series of inter-company and inter-function workshops, as well as team coaching paths, enabling the start of a cultural integration process of all companies involved.