Mark Carroll is a Vice President and Research Analyst in Gartner's CIO Research Group with a focus on Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures. His coverage includes best practices, trends, and strategic insights for not only the CIO, but the cross-functional interaction of all roles that drive and influence mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Mr. Carroll has 10+ years of experience leading global mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in increasingly senior level roles within large enterprises, including four years as Gartner's own Vice President of Corporate Development/M&A. As an M&A practitioner, he focused on the full scope of acquisition and divestiture activities including: transaction strategic rationale, target or buyer sourcing, business case development, valuation, carve-out planning, cross-functional due diligence, purchase agreement negotiations, cross functional integration, and transition services (IT, HR, Finance, RE, Legal, Tax, Communications, Environmental, ESH, Trade Compliance, Insurance).
Prior to Mr. Carroll's experience at Gartner, he worked in a diverse number of firms including Xylem Inc. and Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs) where he supported not only M&A, but a broad array of strategic initiatives including corporate venture capital and large-scale technology deployment projects.
15+ years focused on the technology sector
10+ years in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
4 years in total with Gartner
2 years in investment banking
Director Corporate Development/M&A
Central Hudson Enterprises
Senior Analyst Corporate Development/M&A
Financial Leadership Development Program Associate
Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)
CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices
CIO Role Evolution
CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models
IT Cost Optimization, Finance, Risk and Value
Master's Degree, Management, Babson College Olin School of Business
B.S., Finance, Siena College
1Best Practices, trends, and insights for all phases of mergers and acquisitions (strategy, pipeline development, business case building/valuation, letter of Intent, due diligence, negotiations
2Best practices, trends, and insights for all phases of divestitures (strategy, carveout requirements, due diligence, transition services, negotiations)
3Role of CIO and direct reports in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures related initiatives and cross-C-Suite impact
4Fundraising, investor relations, board governance, capital structure, negotiation and impact on CIO
5Shareholder activist defense considerations and impact on CIO