The 2019 Corporate Development Conference theme is titled, Pivot to Prepare: Transforming Business Models through Dealmaking

About the Conference: This year’s conference will take an up-close look at the strategies of successful Corporate Development executives with a focus on defining value drivers and how to capture value across the spectrum of acquisition and divestiture. A range of highly interactive sessions will cover topics including: portfolio management, creating a pipeline, conducting due diligence, valuation, post-merger integration, and divestment. Join your CorpDev peers in sharing experiences and first-hand knowledge of anticipating and adapting to growth opportunities in its various forms. The Corporate Development Conference will take place from October 22nd through the 23rd, 2019.

Lilian Ajayi Ore will moderate the two “Deal Spotlight” panels at the upcoming Corporate Development Conference. The $6.1B Medtronic-Cardinal Health Deal Spotlight Panel and the $4.5B Boeing-BDSI Deal Spotlight at the 2019 Corporate Development Conference

2:15 – 2:45 pm | Day 1 on 10/22/19 – General Session C

Deal Spotlight: Medtronic-Cardinal Health Deal

In 2017, Medtronic sold its Patient Care business to Cardinal Health for $6.1B, the largest divestiture in MedTech history.  In this session you will hear how the decisions were made to divest some parts of the Patient Care business to Cardinal Health and why others were retained.  


  • Lilian Ore, University Faculty, NYU and Founder/CEO, Global Connections for Women Foundation


  • Chris Cleary, VP Corporate Development, Medtronic
  • Davis Allen, Business Development & Licensing Director, Medtronic
9:45 – 10:15 am | Day 2 on 10/23/19 at General Session G

Deal Spotlight: Boeing-BDSI Deal

Boeing acquired BDSI (formerly KLX) in 2018 for $4.5B. In this session you will hear from Boeing executives on their experiences and perspectives from deal conception, negotiation, and execution on this important deal for Boeing.

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  • Lilian Ore, University Faculty, NYU and Founder/CEO, Global Connections for Women Foundation


  • Travis Sullivan, VP and General Manager, The Boeing Company
  • Kent Fisher, VP Corporate Development, The Boeing Company

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This conference session highlights include:

  • Growth Strategy Design: How to strategically position yourself for growth in your industry
  • Selling to grow
  • Big Data: How data analytics Improves deal-making
  • How to accelerate technology and innovation: buy or build?
  • Culture as an enabler of digital transformation
  • Getting a Seat at the Table: How to influence capital allocation at your organization
  • Creating Value in an Uncertain World: How to reshape your business to thrive amid market and economic disruption  

The Benefits of attending this conference includes:

  • Discover the latest challenges, trends, and best practices in corporate development.
  • Examine successes and failures of various deal structures through leading case studies.
  • Learn how leading practitioners have developed best-in-class M&A integration capabilities.
  • Explore the differences in strategies and outcomes of alliances, JVs, and partnerships.
  • Find out how AI, machine learning, and digital transformation can impact CorpDev.
  • Better understand how to work across business groups, units, and functions to develop and execute value strategies involving M&As and divestitures.
  • Learn from EY’s newly launched 2019 Global Capital Confidence Barometer report.
  • Network, collaborate, and benchmark with your corporate development peers.

Who Should Attend: This conference is designed especially for executives from private, corporate, and private equity organizations involved in driving and executing inorganic value creation strategies. The titles include Vice Presidents, Heads, and Directors of M&A, Corporate Development,Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances, Integration Strategy, Business Development, Human Resources, Finance, Corporate Strategy, Treasury, Strategy & Development, Business Operations, Business Transformation, and Private Equity.

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