Karen is the founder of our partner, Isely Associates International, a specialist consulting business focused on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructures and other disruptive business transactions. Using Walking the Talk culture management tools, she brings together teams of independent Walking the Talk accredited consultants to deliver complete culture management solutions and address cultural issues inherent when organisations come together.
Karen is an M&A specialist, anticipating and managing the risks associated with leadership capability, incompatible cultures and communication challenges at each transaction stage. She has particular expertise in preparing business leaders and HR teams for deals; developing organisational capability is her modus operandi.
As a trusted advisor, project leader and coach, she has made her mark on many local and international transactions for both corporate and private equity clients. Karen is known for her commercial focus, creativity and professionalism, as well as for bringing together relevant expertise from her networks to serve the needs of her clients.
Karen is an experienced facilitator, delivering tailored workshops on a range of M&A topics including employee engagement and cultural integration. She designed and led Mercer’s first Australian research on the M&A market and has presented regularly at conferences and seminars.
Prior to establishing Isely Associates, Karen enjoyed nearly 15 years as a Human Capital Consultant with Mercer, her most recent role as Regional M&A Engagement Manager (Asia Pacific). From 2005-07 Karen led the Australia/NZ Business of Mercer’s Global M&A Consulting Services. Before joining Mercer New York in 1994, Karen built 10 years of corporate and line human resources experience in US-based professional services firms and multinational corporations.
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