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Mergers and Demergers Quotes

  • "A good first step towards selling your company is declaring that you’ll never sell it."
    Peter Thiel (1967–), West German-born US entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of PayPal
    Source: Quoted in The Browser (May 22, 2012)
  • "When you sell 30% of a business, it is like taking two limbs off a body—it's not surprising there is a negative effect on the rest of the business."
    Sir Clive Thompson (1943–), British former president of the Confederation of British Industry and former CEO and chairmain of Rentokil
    Source: Sunday Times (London) (October 2000)
  • "The big danger in mega-mergers is that they are seen as a mating of dinosaurs."
    Sir Peter Bonfield (1944–), British former CEO of British Telecom
    Source: Sunday Times (London) (July 2000)
  • "When it comes to mergers, hope triumphs over experience."
    Irwin Stelzer (1932–), US economist and writer
    Source: Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice Cohen, 1999)
  • "Chief executives seem no more able to resist their biological urge to merge, than dogs can resist chasing rabbits."
    Philip Coggan (1959–), British journalist
    Source: Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice Cohen, 1999)
  • "You might merge with another organization, but two drunks don't make a sensible person."
    Gary Hamel (1954–), US academic, business writer, and consultant
    Source: Competing for the Future (cowritten with C. K. Prahalad, 1994)
  • "Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two elephants."
    Peter Senge (1947–), US academic and author
    Source: The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990)
  • "The very best takeovers are thoroughly hostile. I've never seen a really good company taken over. I've only seen bad ones."
    Sir James Goldsmith (19331997), British entrepreneur, financier, and politician
    Source: Financial Times (London) (March 21, 1989)
  • "Leadership that's reliant on mergers and acquisitions is dangerous leadership."
    John Varley (1956–), British banker and former CEO of Barclays Bank
    Source: Attributed

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