Tim White in E-Financial Careers, “Surviving a Merger or Acquisition

Kaye/Bassman’s Tim White in E-Financial Careers News Article, “Surviving a Merger or Acquisition

Dallas, Texas, 3/16/2012:

In early summer, before layoffs began sweeping across Wall Street, billboard-sized photos of employees were plastered on the walls, pillars and elevator banks of Credit Suisse Group AG’s offices in the United States and abroad.
The museum-quality prints, depicting workers from administrative assistants to senior executives, were emblazoned with motivational words like “Proactive” and “Partner.” By mid-July, however, the photos disappeared and the Swiss banking giant began laying off 2,000 employees.
Security guards prevented employees from taking cell-phone pictures as the posters were stripped away, according to one employee who was present.
“It sent an entirely wrong message,” said an employee, who was not authorized to speak publicly. “Management literally threw away that kind of money on something so trivial, while planning to cut thousands of jobs.”
A bank spokeswoman declined to comment on the internal campaign or the employee’s comments.
Credit Suisse’s timing illustrates the unanticipated dangers of rampant job-cutting, which tend to run in cycles on Wall Street. Employee morale often plummets at a time when survivors are asked to pick up more responsibility and customer relations can suffer as service and relationships deteriorate.
What’s more, layoffs inartfully constructed can come across to shareholders as Band-Aid solutions that at best temporarily cut expenses and at worst pare away reserves of talented people.
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“They finished cutting the fat and now they’re into the muscle and bone,” said Tim White, a managing partner who specializes in wealth management at the recruiting firm Kaye/Bassman International in Dallas.


An M&A can send a career into a tailspin or on an upward flight pattern. It’s all in how you navigate the shifting winds, saysTim White, managing partner in the private wealth practice at Kaye/Bassman International, an executive recruiting andsearch firm.

In an interview with eFinancialCareers, White says the world of investment banking has certainly had its share of consolidation, and so it’s essential to quickly determine who your new superior will be or who you’ll be supervising post-M&A. 

If you’re the new sheriff in town, or if you’re the person with a new manager, everyone needs to be on the same page—knowing that the clients’ best interest is at the heart of everything. “At the end of the day, there has to be clarity in communication, as well as a management of expectations,” says White. A proactive approach is the key. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. Make your approach and skills clear, and make sure it’s obvious you are a team player.

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About Kaye/Bassman 
Founded in 1981, Kaye/Bassman has grown to become the largest single-site executive search and recruitment firm in the United States with the simple mission of impacting companies and enhancing careers by providing the finest in professional, executive, technical and scientific search. Kaye/Bassman provides strategic recruiting and executive search solutions in over 20 industry practice areas including construction recruiting, healthcare recruiting, banking executive search, energy recruitment and many more.  Next Level Recruiting Training, a recruiting training organization, Next Level Exchange, a recruiting training best practices information exchange, and Next Level Marketing Communications are also Kaye/Bassman companies.

For additional information or a sample copy, contact:
Darren McDougal
Kaye/Bassman International
(972) 931.5242
(972) 931.9683

Source: http://news.efinancialcareers.com/87041/surviving-a-merger-or-an-acquisition/

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