EY - The disruptive challenges shaping divestment

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The disruptive challenges shaping divestment

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Unprecedented geopolitical uncertainty and technological changes are making portfolio and divestment strategy more vital than ever.

The recent EY Global Corporate Divestment Study reveals a deal-making environment facing disruptive challenges, while senior executives crave an information advantage. Nearly half of companies are planning to divest in the next two years. Even those not planning to divest are evaluating their portfolios more rigorously.

Join a panel of industry professionals as they discuss key insights from the study and answer clients' most pressing questions:

  • How much should you base your divestment decision on long-term strategy versus disruptive market forces?
  • How can you use analytics to make better portfolio decisions?
  • How can you maximize sale price?
  • How can you make your remaining business more agile in the new digital economy?



EY - Paul Hammes

Paul Hammes


Paul Hammes is the Global Divestiture Advisory Services and Transaction Support Leader for Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP. He brings more than a decade of experience in transaction support, serving corporate and privately held clients on both the buy and sell sides.

Paul’s global transaction advisory experience includes carve-outs, tax-free spin-offs, roll-ups and IPOs, across a range of industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, plastics, wholesale/distribution,
consumer products, trucking, education services and life sciences. He has provided sell-side service for Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies and numerous privately held and private equity–backed companies.

EY - Malinda Gentry

Malinda Gentry


Malinda is a Principal in Ernst & Young LLP Transaction Advisory Services practice and is the leader of the TAS Center of Excellence for Decision Analytics in the U.S.  With more than 15 years of experience in strategy, analytics and decision support, Malinda is responsible for helping clients transform their businesses, reduce risk and accelerate time to value by leveraging complex data analytics across the transaction, capital allocation and corporate finance functions.

Her areas of expertise include strategy development, business case development, portfolio management, integrated business planning, customer analytics, operational analytics, financial analytics, due diligence, merger integration management and implementation, business process design, change management and readiness, technology enablement and system implementation.

EY - Kearney A. Klein

Kearney A. Klein

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Kearney A. Klein is vice president, Corporate Development, at Air Products. He has responsibility for the company’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing activities.

Mr. Klein joined Air Products in 2012 as the director of Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining Air Products, he spent 15 years as a strategy and operations consultant focused on business restructuring across a variety of manufacturing industries. He also was employed as an engineer for General Electric Aircraft Engines.

Mr. Klein holds a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA in finance and operations from Vanderbilt University.


EY - Rich Mills

Rich Mills


Rich Mills is the Ernst & Young LLP Divestiture Advisory Services Leader for the Americas. He has two decades of public accounting experience and more than 15 years of experience in transaction strategy and divestiture execution through serving public and privately held clients. Rich’s divestiture experience includes carve-outs, tax-free spin-offs, and reverse morris trusts in a variety of sectors. He has advised clients on more than 150 transactions, including numerous divestitures.

Rich is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA.