Bringing in new talent has increasingly become a key goal for M&A transactions. According to PwC’s 2014 M&A Integration Survey,1 access to management or technical talent has increased in importance by 27% since 2010. Yet only about a third (36%) of executives say they were completely able to achieve their objectives in this regard following the transaction’s close. There is little doubt that talent integration is difficult. In fact, 37% of executives claim that organizational structure, people management, and work practices are a top post-close difficulty. These factors are the third-most frequently cited challenge after integrating information technology and systems and aligning operating procedures and business processes.