App Dynamics is an application solution management solution that provides real time monitoring to ensure that the software apps used by your business perform to their best.
App Dynamics had recently been acquired by Cisco. Although part of this global conglomerate, App Dynamics has kept its brand and
autonomy over its team. As such, at the time of the acquisition App Dynamics were in the process of searching for a best-in-class HR Director for their European region.
An immediate challenge for Julie was how to best integrate the teams of two very different companies. App Dynamics is a young, fast moving software as a service company and Cisco is a well-known established global brand. The cultures of both companies brought lots of benefits to the partnership, but they were naturally on the opposite end of the spectrum to one another. How could Julie help make the whole bigger than the sum of its parts?
As interim HR Director, Julie took responsibility for supporting the successful integration of these two very different companies. From a logistical point of view this meant integrating 250 employees spread over 9 countries. From the outset, Julie made sure employee consultations took place so employees from both sides understood what the acquisition meant and how it would impact them.
To ensure that the differing cultures of the two companies enhanced rather that worked against one another, Julie and her team embarked on a programme of coaching leaders and managers in how to best position the acquisition to their teams, focusing on how the two companies benefitted one another rather than highlighting the differences. An open-door policy was adopted to keep dialogue flowing between the leaders and managers and their teams. During a challenging period of change, it was important to maintain a vibrant working environment.
All of this was accomplished in consultation with the App Dynamics leadership team in Europe as well as in the US and in consultation with the local Cisco HR operational groups.
Julie Provino is an exceptional HR leader who is at the top of her game. We had the pleasure of working with Julie during a critical period in AppDynamics’ history when we were in the process of becoming part of Cisco. Julie seamlessly stepped into the role of leading the HR function for the region and used her expertise to skilfully support the active transition of all employees across EMEA. At the end of the assignment, Julie did an excellent job in ensuring that a thorough knowledge transfer process took place, setting AppDynamics up for future success – a statement to her professionalism and skill
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