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Mark Herndon


Mark serves as President of M&A Partners where his practice includes: M&A buy-side and sell-side advisory services; M&A strategy, due diligence and integration management, financing and capital formation, including acquisition financing, growth financing, restructuring and distressed situation financing; strategy development and execution; and, enterprise communications and leadership during periods of disruptive change.

Mark formerly served as U.S. Region Leader for Merger and Acquisition Services with Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a global consulting firm with approximately $750 million in annual revenue. His clients include: American Express Financial Advisors, Amoco, Boeing, British Petroleum, Cessna Aircraft, Chevron, Dell Computer, Dow Chemical, Equistar Chemicals LP, First Interstate Bank, General Electric, Hoechst-Celanese, J C Penney, Komatsu-Dresser, Lyondell Petrochemical, Magma Copper, McNeil Consumer Products, Northern States Power, Occidental Chemical, Quaker Oats, Shell Oil, The Toledo Hospital, TRW, and Willamette Industries among others.

Mark is the co-author of “The Complete Guide To Mergers and Acquisitions: Process Tools to Support M&A Integration at Every Level, Second Edition” (John Wiley / Jossey-Bass Publishers), which has been translated into five languages and is used as a foundational guide for various consulting firms and university programs. A third edition of this book is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2014.

In addition to his business advisory work, Mark serves as Chief Knowledge Officer for the M&A Leadership Council, a professional association devoted to establishing best-practices among M&A practitioners; and as a Board Director for various private companies and charitable organizations including: Daryl Flood, Inc., a leading relocation and third-party logistics company and, WE International a faith-based public charity focused on economic and community development for victims of extreme poverty and human trafficking.

Speaking History

A dynamic and professional speaker, Mark has presented concurrent sessions and keynote addresses to more than 350,000 people in 45 states and 12 countries.

Some Reactions To Mark’s Presentations:

“As I’m sure you know by the audience’s response to your address at our National Convention, you were a smashing success! I heard you described as dynamic and outstanding, as well as someone who we’re going to read and hear about nationally in the future . . . I can’t thank you enough for appearing on our program.”

Twila Plate
Former Program Director
Federal Land Bank

“You did an outstanding job . . . and deserved all the compliments that you received.”

E.A. Horrigan, Jr.
Former Chairman and CEO
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

“An excellent presentation! You have a unique ability to combine humor and insight into a compelling message.”

Dr. Robert W. Raspberry
Professor of Organization Behavior
Southern Methodist University

“I have attended seminars and workshops for more than 15 years and I have never seen a facilitator handle a group like Mark Herndon. He was impartial and fair. He really listened and all this while never losing control of the group or the focus of the meeting. . . which provided a true environment for learning.”

Anonymous Executive Participant
American Express Company