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Chris Stafford Announced As Winner of M&A Advisor's 9th Annual Emerging Leaders

Chris Stafford Announced As Winner of M&A Advisor's 9th Annual Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO – West Monroe, a national business and technology consultancy, today announced that Chris Stafford has been awarded M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders award. Stafford, a senior manager in West Monroe’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice, has been chosen for his accomplishments and expertise from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

“Chris embodies leadership, being a trusted advisor to his private equity clients as well as an expert in creating value in software diligence, merger integration, and carveouts,” says Mike Amiot, senior director in West Monroe’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. “Chris is the sixth team member in six consecutive years to gain this honor for our M&A team – which comes as no surprise based on Chris’s strong work ethic, client satisfaction scores, overall leadership and value creation for his clients.”

The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created the annual awards program to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders.

“The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, financing and turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.

The 2018 Award Winners have been chosen from a pool of prominent nominees for their notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community. Evaluation and selection of the nominees was completed by an independent judging panel. Click here to view the judges.

Added Fergusson, “It is our belief that the Emerging Leader Award winners will continue to have a significant effect on the advancement of our industry. Through the support of business, philanthropic, academic and personal development experts, we are establishing a connected “leadership community” with the mandate to empower these successful young professionals to improve the life experiences of others through their career.”

In September, The M&A Advisor will host a black tie Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements.

To view the complete list of this year Emerging Leaders Award Winners, click here.

About West Monroe

West Monroe is a national business and technology consulting firm that partners with dynamic organizations to reimagine, build, and operate their businesses at peak performance. Our team of more than 850 professionals is comprised of an uncommon blend of business consultants and deep technologists. This unique combination of expertise enables us to design, develop, implement, and run strategic business and technology solutions that yield a dramatic commercial impact on our clients’ profitability and performance. For more information, visit

About The M&A Advisor

Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor was the first dedicated media company to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions. As the world’s premier think tank and leadership organization for M&A, restructuring and corporate finance professionals, the firm provides a range of integrated services including: The M&A Advisor Forums and Summits; The M&A Advisor Market Intelligence; M&A.TV.; The M&A Advisor Live; The M&A Advisor Awards; and The M&A Advisor Connects. To learn more about the company’s Leadership Services visit

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