MERGER AND ACQUISITION INTEGRATION
BENDON - ODONNELL LINGERIE - AUSTRALIA

MATT HEAP: PROGRAM MANAGER

The acquisition of an existing lingerie chain in Australia was a strategy the Bendon Board was willing to support. After reviewing many possible options, Matt led the acquisition of the ODonnell Lingerie chain, including due diligence and deal negotiations. As with all acquisitions, sensitivity around staff, customer and supplier expectations was front of mind and once the deal was completed Matt led the integration of the new stores and head office component into the Bendon infrastructure. The integration of the two businesses was completed while ensuring customer service and daily operations were not impacted. A carefully planned program was developed, including the communications strategy, to ensure maximum benefits were gained from the acquisition and key strategic goals achieved. The acquisition was a tremendous success with all key milestones being achieved on time.