Global consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting has named Jonathan Sparey as the new head of its European operations. Sparey succeeds John Goddard, who remains with the consultancy, and will lead the Surface Transport & Logistics practice in Europe, as well as serving as a senior advisor to executives globally.
John Goddard has been with L.E.K. Consulting for more than 25 years. He joined the firm in 1989 from Procter & Gamble, where he worked for roughly six years in product development. At L.E.K. Goddard grew through the ranks, and was appointed partner in 1995. Over the last 20 years he has built extensive experience in among others strategy consulting, performance improvement, transaction support, and business development in the private and public sectors around the world. Goddard’s key focus lies in transport developments across Europe, with transport operators, freight and logistics providers, public sector authorities and regulatory bodies in the bus, coach, marine, road and rail sectors belonging to his client portfolio.
Since 2012 Goddard led the European operations of L.E.K. Consulting, which encompasses offices in London, Milan, Munich, Paris and Wroclaw. Per the 1st of April Goddard has passed on his role to Jonathan Sparey, a 20-year London-based veteran at the firm. Prior to L.E.K., Sparey was an executive director of the merchant bank Samuel Montagu. At the global consulting firm, Sparey specialises mainly in the healthcare industry, and serves as the practice lead of L.E.K.'s European Healthcare Services unit. Under his leadership, the practice has grown exponentially and built a strong track record in the field*. In addition to healthcare, Sparey also has experience in the financial services sector and business services in the UK and internationally.
Commenting in the appointment of Sparey, Stuart Jackson, Global Managing Partner of L.E.K. Consulting, states: “Jonathan has played a vital role in the growth of L.E.K. over the past two decades, and will continue to lead our firm’s growth as we strive to deliver high impact results for our clients.”
Goddard will remain within the firm, and will allocate more of his time to leading the firm’s European Surface Transport & Logistics and client-facing activities. “John has done a fantastic job developing our regional capabilities in Europe over the last three years,” says Jackson. “I know he is looking forward to rededicating himself to his first love, which is helping clients achieve exceptional results.”
L.E.K. Consulting’s global management team consists of eleven members, including two other London-based partners: Peter Smith and Larry Verge. Earlier this year the business advisory added seven new partners in 5 countries to its leadership.
* L.E.K. Consulting was recently in the UK named a finalist for the HealthInvestor Awards.