The Evolution of M&A Functions

Jun 5, 2023 12:00 PM (CST)


David Hindley
Corporate Development


“In the beginning, it’s all about doing the bare minimum and keeping the lights on. Then over time, you have to evolve it to do better. It’s easier to recognize the needs, but a lot harder to build the support, teams, and capacity.” – David Hindley

David started out his career as an investment banker and joined Autodesk as an associate when they were starting a corporate development function. Through the years, David has witnessed the evolution of M&A functions within the organization and is now leading the entire group.

In this article, David Hindley, VP of Corp Dev at Autodesk, shares his journey on how he evolved an M&A function from scratch.

Key points

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • The deal experience between banker and corporate development
  • How to lead through indirect authority & influence
  • Amplifying and expanding strategic views
  • The evolution of the integration function
  • The evolution of the M&A strategy

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