Our Special Guests

Bill Blandford

Board of M&A Standards

A former M&A Manager for Nokia, Bill has participated in over 50 transactions including the de-merger of Motorola, which led to the creation of two separate companies within Motorola. 

Bluce Fleming

Bruce Fleming

Calumet Specialty Products

A noted business executive and competitive strategist, Bruce directs internal and external growth initiatives including alliances, acquisitions and targeted divestitures for Calumet.

Len Gray

Board of M&A Standards

Len Gray currently serves on the Board of M&A Standards. He is a former head of international M&A practice at Mercer, offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital.

Dan Menge of Cisco

Dan Menge


Dan joined Xilinx – a leading fabless semiconductor company - to build a scalable M&A Integration practice and team in support of corporate strategy. 

Ellen Owens of Avnet

Ellen Owens


Ellen Owens is the Director of Business Transformation at Avnet, a global electronics company with abilities that can support customer from concept thru creation and design to distribution.  In her current role, Ellen leads highly collaborative global business transformation initiatives that result in growth opportunities, cost savings, and process efficiencies. 

Carol Spinke

Carole Spink

Baker & McKenzie

Carole Spink is a global employment lawyer who advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. She advises clients on domestic and cross-border employment matters, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.