Certainly yes. The dedicated team is priceless pre/post merger especially when staffed properly with knowledgeable, credentialed, agile resources. This team of resources if organized appropriately and governed properly will be positioned to save the organization time and revenue. Many newly merged entities rely heavily on external consultants that must ramp up on the organizations culture, processes, politics – this immediately creates a frontier between the internal and external teams. A strong team that is dedicated for the first 24 months to the merger possesses tremendous knowledge post integration and should be well positioned for succession opportunities as they arise.