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Acquisition Integration - HR Project Management


An acquisition adding thousands of employees to a global organization was stretching the capacity and capability of the internal HR team. The complexity of this large an integration had never been attempted by the organization before, and the timing and execution of this acquisition integration was essential. Numerous HR activities had to be orchestrated to align with the completion of the legal due-diligence process, and on Day 1 of the completed acquisition, thousands of employees in more than a dozen countries needed to be compensated via the new payroll systems with established benefits, completed employee enrollments, and all international laws abided by.


  • Collaborated with each of the team subject matter experts to develop a comprehensive project plan with nearly 1000 line items to be completed in less than 90 calendar days.
  • Tracked milestones, critical path and risk within each HR area including on-boarding, payroll, compensation, international benefits, and legal.
  • Drove rapid pace to meet required execution of timing, including dozens of daily action tasks and functional integration meetings facilitated by DataKey.
  • Weekly summary reporting to the overall integration executive board showing the level of risk in schedule, resources and budget.


  • The HR team met all provisions and commitments in the acquisition legal agreement on schedule, hitting all of the major milestones and meeting all strategic project objectives.
  • The team remained focused, creatively driving to the close date despite significant information gaps and technical challenges that caused changes to the plan midway through the project.
  • Executive team applauded the ability to overcome risks and setbacks to achieve this critically strategic project.
  • All Payroll, Compensation, Benefits, and employee retention objectives were met on Day 1.

“DataKey drove the project plan from design all the way through a tremendously successful close date. Their project direction and guidance has been invaluable. DataKey is now facilitating a smooth transfer of all the associated project management tools to us so that we may continue internally. DataKey has done a fantastic job helping our company with a very large and complex International HR integration strategic initiative.”

– Vice President HR



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