M&A Summit Africa

Russ Hartz, VP of Corporate Development, Ansys, Inc.

Russ Hartz is a deeply experienced Corporate Development professional, with specific expertise in strategy development, M&A, investments and post-merger integration. He manages global M&A activity at Ansys, Inc., the worldwide leader in engineering simulation software. Prior to joining Ansys, Russ served in a similar role for 12 years on SAP’s global Corporate Development team, negotiating and managing M&A and strategic investment transactions of all sizes, from multi-billion-dollar deals to small IP acquisitions. Russ began his M&A career in 1999 practicing corporate and securities law at a large Philadelphia law firm, advising clients on M&A deals as well as a broad range of other commercial transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance.

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COVID-19 has created numerous challenges to businesses worldwide, prompting the need for greater focus on operational and capital efficiency. Divestitures of non-core or underperforming operations and assets can help businesses improve their performance and profitability. Divestitures can also enable the spun-out business or assets to flourish. Russ Hartz, VP of Corporate Development at Ansys, will discuss the benefits of divestitures and some key considerations when exploring and executing a divestiture transaction.

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