Chris Charlton
Associate Partner

UK


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Chris Charlton



Professional Background

  • Highly-experienced board advisor, business & IT programme leader, with a broad sector background in B2B, B2C, financial services, FMCG, telecoms, media, logistics, healthcare, technology, pharmaceuticals, energy, gaming, aviation & public sector
  • Senior leadership team experience in multiple, major organisations including, for example, a UK airline, a global FMCG business and a European bank
  • Previously led consulting practices for PwC, Cap Gemini & a number of boutique consulting firms, including leadership of core services such as integrating M&A, PMI, business transformation, portfolio, programme & change management
  • Early career in investment banking
  • Masters in Management from Cambridge University
  • Based in the UK with extensive experience working abroad and leading global project teams. Chris is a native English speaker
  • UK Associate Partner of Global PMI Partners

Skills & Expertise

  • Expert in all aspects of large and small M&A integration and separation programmes
  • Collaborative approach to successful integration, transformation & change leadership, engaging with all levels of stakeholder up to Board & CxO level to deliver ‘fit for purpose’ business- and IT-driven solutions
  • Published by the Financial Times on the subjects of business strategy, M&A integration, major programme delivery and managing complex change
  • Experience of driving organisation and process change, business & IT transformation, business integration/divestment, operational performance improvement, cost reduction, business & IT strategy execution
  • Highly accomplished, with ability to translate business requirements into tangible programme deliverables
  • MSP, APM, PMI, MIC certified, with strong experience of applying best practice frameworks and methods in M&A scenarios
  • Long-standing member of the Institute of Directors and Securities Institute

Project Highlights

  • M&A-related engagements on which Chris has worked include:
  • Leading the Integration PMO for a complex £2bn merger for a UK FSTE 250 betting and gaming firm, delivering over £150m of annual synergies within a total programme cost envelope of 1.15x mature annual synergies
  • Spearheading the rapid integration of British Midland Airline into British Airways
  • Leading the integration of four businesses into a single, unified £2bn UK & Ireland consumer business for GSK, followed by a strategic transformation of the business
  • Leading the programme to create a regional leadership team and organisation structure for Aviva, including a shared services strategy
  • Setting up the Integration PMO for the Supply Chain of a Global FMCG firm following a £12bn acquisition, to deliver over $500m of synergies
  • Creating a transformation plan to drive the portfolio of change for a UK healthcare joint venture business
  • Leading a post-merger strategic review for the new Executive team of a Research Institute to underpin a 5-year growth strategy
  • Leading the negotiations of major supplier relationships for a global logistics firm to effect a turnaround in programme delivery performance
  • Leading a branch transformation programme to deliver the strategic ambitions of a newly merged South East Asian regional banking group
  • Leading multiple banking sector integrations

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