Great question to ask – I was inspired by the Cadbury takeover and the leadership of the CEO. He put egos aside, focused on direct and ongoing engagement with his shareholders, and focused on his primary responsibility – maximize shareholder value. When it became clear he wasn’t going to resist the takeover, he compiled a talented defense team and instead was strategic in positively impacting the deal.
Both the Air India and the Cadbury case studies and most inspiring case studies for me. One for the significant pitfalls to avoid when leading an M&A and the other for the agility and response undertaken by a target once takeover was inevitable.
I think all cases were well chosen and inspiring. However, I particularly enjoyed the Cadbury case. I was very impressed with Cadbury’s team. Did they a great job at defending themselves and maximizing the shareholders’ investment.