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Chris Barrett



Synergy Secrets

An Interview with BCG Director, Christopher Barrett

In this video, Barrett explains why some companies fall short on achieving revenue synergies—and why others maximize growth opportunities through PMI.

Chris Barrett joined The Boston Consulting Group in September 2001. He worked in the Los Angeles and Amsterdam offices before moving to the firm’s Dallas office.  

As a dedicated expert in postmerger integration (PMI), Chris has worked with clients on many kinds of integrations: large and small, domestic and international, growth and cost driven.  He has served clients in a wide range of industries—including medtech, pharmaceutical, retail, defense, and media—on topics such as overall PMI program design and operation, cost and revenue synergies, operating-model and organization design, talent retention and selection, culture integration, and change management.

Chris believes there are 12 imperatives for success in any PMI project. The imperatives are grouped into three buckets: setting the direction, capturing the value, and building the organization. As a primary architect of BCG's PMI methodology, he continues to spearhead many merger integrations for clients around the world.

Before joining BCG, Chris worked at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as a process consultant to clients in the telecommunications industry.

Areas of Expertise

  • Postmerger integration (mergers and acquisitions)
  • Culture integration
  • Organization design
  • Talent management
  • Change management


  • MBA, Anderson School of Business, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
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