Gerald S. Adolph

Gerald S. Adolph

New York

Gerald Adolph is a New York-based Senior Partner with Strategy& with a specialty in strategy and operations for technology-driven businesses.

Gerald's work primarily focuses on assisting clients with growth strategy, new business development, and industry restructuring. He has led numerous assignments in corporate and portfolio strategy as well as business unit strategy. In addition, he deals with value chain and industry restructuring driven by technology changes, and how companies respond to these disruptions and opportunities.

In support of his clients' growth agendas, Gerald has led M&A pre-deal assessments as well as multiple complex, challenging post merger integration assignments.

Most recently, Gerald's client assignments have included leading:

  • Worldwide $100+ billion pharmaceuticals and consumer products integration
  • Multi-billion clinical labs combinations on two separate occasions
  • $12 billion health services integration
  • $12 billion industrial gases integration
  • $9 billion agribusiness combination
  • $3 billion food business combination
  • $3 billion chemicals merger
  • $3 billion telecomm combination
  • $500 million restaurant business integration

Other work has included:

  • Consultation to other clients teams for airline, insurance, distribution, financial services, media, and industrials mergers
  • Candidate screening, valuation, and negotiation support

Gerald and his consulting staff have provided clients pre-deal candidate assessments, board reviews, and communications support for the announcement. In the pre-closing period, he has led efforts to create detailed integration and synergy plans, which balanced external/strategic and tactical imperatives along with employee concerns and culture/organization integration. Integration support post close focused on those areas of most need for specific clients.

Gerald has received the firm's Professional Excellence Award, which was given in recognition of outstanding and innovative client service on an assignment for Quest Diagnostics.

A recognized thought leader in his field, Gerald has contributed to numerous strategy+business articles:

He is also co-author of Merge Ahead: Mastering the Five Enduring Trends of Masterful M&A, published by McGraw-Hill in Spring 2009.

Gerald is a former member of the firm’s Board of Directors, a past leader of the firm’s global chemicals business, and a former leader of the firm’s global consumer and health work. He currently leads Strategy&’s work for mergers and restructuring clients.

Gerald holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also holds a BS degree in chemical engineering, a BS in management science/organizational psychology, and a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Gerald, born and raised in New York City, is a commercial and instrument rated airplane pilot, an avid skier and tennis player, and a pathetic but enthusiastic golfer. He serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations and his hobbies include music and politics.