Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

United Kingdom

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Mark Thompson

Professional Background

  • Highly experienced communications & engagement leader
  • Former FTSE250 communications director, and change communications practice leader at FTI Consulting
  • Expert in change situations and M&A integration; workstream leader on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions
  • Diverse sector experience spans healthcare, energy, chemicals, industrials, technology, manufacturing, logistics, financial services, and private equity
  • Published research with YouGov on the challenge for leadership engagement in times of financial crisis
  • Collaborative partner; operates at leadership and grass-roots level to maximize engagement with change

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • Skilled at communication that minimizes uncertainty and maximizes engagement & momentum during M&A integration
  • Brings a ‘customer first’ approach to the change agenda, ensuring visible, accessible and responsive leadership throughout the integration process
  • Equips leadership and senior management teams with compelling narrative & consistent messaging
  • Stakeholder mapping & cultural due diligence
  • Track record of delivering high impact, interactive digital channels
  • Branded campaigns & content creation to maximize internal engagement
  • Sentiment tracking and perception audits to inform communications effectiveness

Project Highlights

  • Johnson & Johnson – led EMEA communications for the biggest change programme in J&J’s history
  • Mondi Group – successful campaign to engage 30,000 employees and maintain customer confidence during Mondi’s £5bn demerger from Anglo American plc
  • Smith & Nephew: $0.9bn acquisition of Plus Orthopedics – award-winning employee campaign to win support for the integration
  • Alent plc: £1.35bn acquisition by Platform Specialty Products – led communications for the integration; helping to protect the customer franchise through rapid alignment of sales & technical teams and retain key talent
  • RBS Group: £2bn carve-out of WorldPay – Led all internal communications during the transaction for this global payments leader
  • Maersk €2.3b merger with P&O Nedlloyd – successful campaign to win stakeholder support for a politically sensitive transaction
  • Lafarge Tarmac joint venture – Aligned leadership team on shared vision & corporate branding