Meridian Resources, Eaton Consulting Group Merges

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MeridianEaton Global will assist clients to successfully implement their globalization strategies, focusing on faster growth, cost reduction, and global workforce competencies. It also helps firms to combine technology, training and consulting services.

Meridian Resources Associates, Inc. and Eaton Consulting Group, Inc. announced today that they have merged. Both firms are widely recognized for their respective expertise in enabling global companies to improve their performance worldwide. Together they have become the largest privately held intercultural management consulting firm, serving more than a quarter of Fortune 500 companies, including all of the top five. The combined firm will offer several advantages to clients.

Global Scope

MeridianEaton Global will have U.S. hubs in San Francisco and Boston, as well as global offices in Shanghai, Chennai, Tokyo, London, Paris, Zurich, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam. Its 85 trainers and consultants will cover more than 100 major markets worldwide. This expanded operational presence will better enable the firm to serve as a local partner to customers in key world markets. It will particularly accelerate the expansion of the company into India and China.

Performance Focus

MeridianEaton will retain the practical business focus of both firms, assisting clients to accomplish their global performance goals through:    

  • Faster Growth: Cross-border innovation, solutions to management challenges in connection with mergers & acquisitions, and improved collaboration across business lines
  • Cost Reduction: Successful implementation of change initiatives, along with cross-border outsourcing that incorporates best known methods for effective teamwork and knowledge transfer between different locations
  • Global Workforce Competencies: Knowledge, attitudes, and skills required by global leaders, dispersed team members, expatriates, functional managers, and employees worldwide to achieve strong business results and to represent their employers as global citizens

Blended Solutions

MeridianEaton will deliver a blend of services and Web-based tools that enables customers to distribute global knowledge efficiently to large numbers of employees while also targeting key groups for strategic interventions. MeridianEaton's services include organizational consulting, one-on-one coaching, and classroom training. Its Web-based tools simultaneously provide instant, 24/7 access to information vital to international business travelers, expatriates, headquarters-based employees, in-country personnel, and multinational teams alike.

As David Eaton, who founded Eaton Consulting Group in 1993, notes, "Few intercultural management firms can legitimately claim to offer one-stop shopping to multinational organizations - from providing one-on-one strategic counsel to senior executives, to developing a global mindset among their employees through training and web tools. By joining forces, we have created a powerful combination that can help clients to implement their globalization strategies with greater speed and effectiveness, and thereby sharpen their competitive edge."

Ernest Gundling, managing director of Meridian Resources, adds, "MeridianEaton will build upon the complementary strengths of two well-established and innovative firms. Eaton Consulting will bring tremendous depth and breadth of geographic coverage along with its consulting and training capabilities in areas such as executive coaching, cross-border change management, and relocation. And Meridian offers a unique framework for building global leadership skills that we have brought to the marketplace, coupled with our industry-leading web tools. Our web tools were the first of their kind, and have been continuously upgraded over the years; they focus in a very practical way on key knowledge and skills for cross-border business, while offering assessment capabilities with established reliability and validity."

Gundling, along with Ted Dale, co-founded Meridian Resources in 1990. Both have been actively involved in the development of its renowned web tools, including GlobeSmart®, utilized by tens of thousands of employees worldwide, as well as Global Teams OnlineSM, Global InnovationOnlineSM and the GlobalCollaborationTookKit.SM

"Meridian has always strived to be at the forefront of our industry by emphasizing the value of blended solutions for our clients," says Dale. "We seek the best combination of technology and services that match our clients' business objectives and budgets. The combined firm will enable us to do that even better by expanding our geographical reach and bolstering our service delivery capabilities."

There are five major practice areas that MeridianEaton Global will concentrate on to build further expertise for serving clients, including web-based tools, consulting and training services, and publications.

Even before the merger, Meridian Resources and Eaton Consulting shared a number of clients through a strategic partnership. Positive client response to these cooperative efforts provided further impetus towards the creation of a combined firm. One mutual client, a major financial services firm that is expanding its global presence, describes how the MeridianEaton blended solution has brought key advantages as they develop the global capabilities of their human capital:

"We required a unique combination of global strategy and localization in order to expand our presence in India. We knew a strong set of global competencies would be critical to our success for all associates who would drive this outsourcing initiative. Both Eaton Consulting and its partner Meridian Resources, provided a unique blend of classroom training, one-on-one coaching, and their web-based tool, GlobeSmart, which enables us to reach the thousands of associates who may not have access to a traditional learning environment. The combination of Meridian and Eaton Consulting has already proven to be a tremendous value contribution to our aggressive globalization strategy."

The merger was completed on June 8, 2005. Meridian Resources, founded in 1990, is headquartered in San Francisco. Eaton Consulting Group was founded in 1993 and is based in Boston.

MeridianEaton Global— Management Team:

Theodore L. Dale, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, will oversee new product development. Over the past 15 years he has created an array of video and web-based training tools, including 25 videos on global business issues. He has been actively involved in the development of the firm's widely used web tools, which began with the rollout of the GlobeSmart and Global Teams Online tools. These web tools provide assessment surveys and practical business knowledge in an interactive format for individuals and teams working with business colleagues from other parts of the world. Dale co-founded Meridian Resources Associates, Inc. in 1990 and served as its managing director.

David Eaton, Founder & Co-President, will focus on firm strategy and client counsel. Eaton has been an international consultant for more than 15 years and has assisted a broad range of clients with the complex issues surrounding global competency development in areas like joint-venture management, multinational teams, global human resources strategy, corporate communications, and global project management. He previously worked for two international public relations firms. Eaton founded Eaton Consulting Group in 1993 and served as its President.

Ernest Gundling, Founder & Co-President, will be responsible for the new firm's five practice areas and the intellectual property of MeridianEaton Global. Dr. Gundling is the author of numerous publications, including The 3M Way to Innovation: Balancing People and Profits, Working GlobeSmart: 12 People Skills for Doing Business Across Borders, and a forthcoming book titled, Global Diversity: Cultures within Cultures. He has served as a senior Asia specialist, assisting clients in developing strategic global approaches to leadership, organizational development, and executive-level relationships with key business partners. Gundling co-founded Meridian Resources Associates, Inc. in 1990 and served as its co-managing director.     

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