The Transforming for the Future podcast series features Mercer’s experts who are helping organizations stay ahead of the curve by embracing transformation, exploring new ways of working and reinventing their employee experience. We’ll discuss the most pressing issues facing leaders today and how to shape the future of work so that your business and people thrive.

In this episode of Transforming for the Future, Mercer’s Kate Bravery interviews Kamal Ahluwalia, President of, to share his insights and experience with AI data technology and what leaders should know to ensure deal success.  Julie van Waveren, M&A Advisory Services Partner at Mercer also joins to share her perspective on how talent skillsets influence deal value.



Interesting Moments from the podcast:

  • Mercer powered by Talent insights is the first of its kind in the M&A space, providing data and deal implications to addressing pre and post-close talent questions.

  • It's a competitive job market and we are trying to hire the same people. That's where the AI part comes in to understand who can actually do the job and grow into it in three to six months, and have something that's sustainable for the business.

  • In a deal environment…talent is becoming a critical deal driver in acquiring niche, fast growing, competitive capabilities and skills. Understanding a companies and an individual’s capabilities gives a unique edge to making the deal successful.

  • Companies are transforming, acquiring and growing all at the same time. And the talent market is more competitive in terms of attracting, retaining and mostly engaging people. This has shifted the investor’s lens post close, to look not only at talent from a cost synergies standpoint but talent as driving revenue synergies.






Transforming for the future podcast series

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