M&A Integration Leader

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Naseem A. Malik

Managing Partner



Equipment Manufacturing

Greater Chicago Area

Davis-Standard is a renowned global manufacturing solutions provider for the plastics and rubber industry. With a rich history spanning 175 years, Davis-Standard has become a trusted partner, offering innovative and technologically advanced solutions that set industry benchmarks.

The company specializes in designing, developing, and producing a wide range of extrusion and converting systems. Their cutting-edge portfolio includes extruders, film systems, coating and laminating equipment, pelletizing systems, and various downstream accessories, catering to diverse industries such as packaging, automotive, construction, medical, and consumer products.

With advanced manufacturing facilities strategically located worldwide, Davis-Standard ensures the consistent delivery of top-notch products known for their craftsmanship and durability. Their global network of service centers and skilled technicians provides exceptional support and maintenance, minimizing production disruptions and maximizing operational uptime.

Committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship, the company integrates energy-efficient technologies and recycling initiatives into their operations. They actively contribute to a greener future, making it an appealing choice for professionals seeking purposeful work.

The company was acquired in 2021 by a private equity firm, Gamut Capital.  D-S is headquartered in Pawcatuck, CT and employs 1500+ people worldwide.

M&A Integration Leader


    The M&A Integration Leader plays a pivotal role in coordinating the integration process following mergers and acquisitions within our organization. This role is responsible for leading cross-functional teams, coordinating activities, and ensuring successful integration execution while aligning with strategic business objectives. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional project management knowledge, analytical skills, strategic thinking abilities, and a proven track record of supporting complex integration initiatives.


    Integration Planning

    • Conduct assessments of acquired entities to identify integration risks, opportunities, and synergy potential.
    • Collaborate with senior leadership to define integration priorities, milestones, and success metrics.
    • Work with workstream leaders to develop integration plans that align with organizational goals and objectives.


    Project Execution

    • Support cross-functional integration teams, providing guidance and direction throughout the integration lifecycle.
    • Drive execution of integration plans, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards.
    • Monitor progress, identify roadblocks, and implement corrective actions to keep integration initiatives on track.


    Stakeholder Management

    • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders involved in the integration process.
    • Communicate integration progress, challenges, and achievements to senior management and key stakeholders.
    • Foster collaborative relationships with functional leaders, business unit heads, and integration counterparts.


    Change Management

    • Implement change management strategies to minimize disruption / maximize engagement during the integration.
    • Promote cultural alignment between merging entities, fostering a unified organizational culture.
    • Identify and address cultural differences and sensitivities that may impact integration outcomes.


    Risk Management and Issue Resolution

    • Identify integration risks and dependencies; develop mitigation plans and contingency strategies as needed.
    • Facilitate resolution of integration-related conflicts and challenges.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Operations or related field; MBA preferred.
    • Proven experience (7+ years) in project management.
    • Operations experience (3+ years) in an engineered product manufacturing or supply chain environment.
    • Understanding of M&A processes, including due diligence, integration planning, and post-merger integration.
    • Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively across all levels of the organization.
    • Strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities in complex and ambiguous situations.
    • Proficiency in project management tools and methodologies.
    • Change management certification and/or project management certification is a plus.
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, up to 35% of the time.

    This role is based out company offices in Chicago, IL.


    Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.


Hassan Gangji

EVP, Integration

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