Constance Dierickx, PhD, is The Decision Doctor®. She specializes in working with organizations in high-stakes transitions. She helps organizations with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, CEO succession, strategic change and crisis.
Constance’s M&A clients enjoy a success rate 400% above the average. One client’s share price doubled two years after the deal. A second client achieved revenue growth 20% above plan and 30% above EBITDA. She helped a third client acquire another company, run it without a CEO, and restore the integrity of the brand.
In CEO succession, her clients retain over 95% of the internal executive talent who were contenders for the top job. In a crisis, she is known as “the secret weapon.”
Her clients include AAA, AT&T, Belk, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Chubb, Cox Enterprises, DIRECTV, IBM, Johnson Controls, Joy Global, NextGear Capital, Olive Garden, Schnabel Engineering, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Westinghouse.
Constance has advised over 500 executives, on five continents in 28 industries.
Before she began her consulting career, Constance was a broker at Merrill Lynch. There, she observed firsthand the power of emotion and perceptual distortion on major decisions. Her curiosity about the behavior of clients and colleagues led her to study psychology and business, and earn a Ph.D. Upon graduating she joined a global consulting firm, where she was involved in solving high-stakes issues.
Constance has been interviewed for The Wall Street Journal and Fortune.com. She has written articles for business publications such as Boards and Directors, Corporate Board Member, Directorship, and Chief Executive Magazine.
She is the author of High-Stakes Leadership-Leading through crisis with courage, judgment and fortitude, released in September 2017. Her next book Breaking Up Is Hard To Do-How leaders get value from mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, with Dr. Linda Henman, will be released in the fall of 2018 by Taylor & Francis.