Capable of seeing opportunities others miss, these ten dealmakers are also consummate closers.

Top Ten Dealmaking Executives in the World – 2019 Edition

Capable of seeing opportunities others miss, these ten dealmakers are also consummate closers.

The first few months of the year often bring icy downpours in Europe, but few were expecting the cold shower that hit M&A activity here in the first quarter of 2019, when the rate of mergers between European companies dived 52% compared to the last quarter of 2018. How to explain such a precipitous decline?

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The first few months of the year often bring icy downpours in Europe, but few were expecting the cold shower that hit M&A activity here in the first quarter of 2019, when the rate of mergers between European companies dived 52% compared to the la...

Since arriving at the head of Total, Patrick Pouyanné has prioritized diversifying the activities of the petrol giant toward clean energy, but without neglecting the black gold that made the company’s fortune. This balanced strategy has borne fruit.

No. 1: Patrick Pouyanné (Total)

Since arriving at the head of Total, Patrick Pouyanné has prioritized diversifying the activities of the petrol giant toward clean energy, but without neglecting the black gold that made the company’s fortune. This balanced strategy has borne fruit.

January 25th 2003. The world wakes up to the news of the death of Gianni Agnelli, the emblematic boss of Fiat. Not long after came the news that L'avvocato – as Agnelli was nicknamed – had appointed his grandson, John Elkann, as his successor.

No. 2: John Elkann FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

January 25th 2003. The world wakes up to the news of the death of Gianni Agnelli, the emblematic boss of Fiat. Not long after came the news that L'avvocato – as Agnelli was nicknamed – had appointed his grandson, John Elkann, as his successor.

When she became CEO of IBM in 2012, Virginia Rometty programmed an immediate and radical course correction for Big Blue. A home-grown exec – Rometty joined the New York headquartered company in 1981 – she has succeeded in dragging the IT giant into the Information Age.

No. 3: Virginia Rometty (IBM)

When she became CEO of IBM in 2012, Virginia Rometty programmed an immediate and radical course correction for Big Blue. A home-grown exec – Rometty joined the New York headquartered company in 1981 – she has succeeded in dragging the IT giant into t...

When you wish upon a star… it makes no difference. At 68 years of age, Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company since 2005, has made it known he really wouldn’t mind calling it a day. But his runaway success running the house of mouse means shareholders are keen for him to remain in charge indefinitely.

No. 4: Bob Iger (The Walt Disney Company)

When you wish upon a star… it makes no difference. At 68 years of age, Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company since 2005, has made it known he really wouldn’t mind calling it a day. But his runaway success running the house of mouse means share...