Clay Heskett succeeds Jonathan Sparey as L.E.K.'s European head

31 October 2019 2 min. read
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Clay Heskett, a London-based partner at L.E.K. Consulting, has been appointed Head of the firm’s European business, succeeding Jonathan Sparey.

Stuart Jackson, global managing partner of L.E.K. Consulting, said that Heskett is the right person to fill in Sparey’s shoes, who is leaving the firm in “fantastic shape”.

Globally, L.E.K. Consulting has more than 1,400 consultants and staff across 15 offices in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and four in Europe – located in London, Paris, Munich and Wroclaw. Jackson: “Under Jonathan’s leadership, we have transformed our business in Europe, adding 10 new partners, expanding our service offering, and significantly growing our client base.”

The new European managing partner brings two decades of experience in strategic consulting to the role. He has been partner at L.E.K. Consulting since 2007; after first serving the firm in the US he relocated to London in 2011. Prior to joining the consultancy, Heskett worked for rival Boston Consulting Group for five years and for Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US Southwest. 

Clay Heskett, LEK Consulting

Heskett specialises in strategic, merger & acquisition and product launch services for the life sciences sector, spanning segments including biopharmaceuticals, medical technology, diagnostics and services. Alongside his role as Head of Europe, Heskett will continue to lead the firm’s European Life Sciences practice and sit on L.E.K. Consulting’s global leadership team. 

“Clay has made a huge contribution to the firm over nearly 15 years, establishing L.E.K. as the preeminent adviser in the life sciences sector. We look forward to his leadership of our European business as we continue with our ambitious expansion plans, and pursue our goal of being the strategic adviser of choice for growth-minded organisations," said Jackson.

Meanwhile, Sparey, who held the top European role for four-and-a-half years after he succeeded John Goddard, will continue to serve the management consulting firm in his role as a partner in the European Healthcare Services practice. Sparey is a well-known figure in the healthcare space, and was previously named by HealthInvestor (in its ‘Power Fifty’ list) as one of UK’s most inspiring leaders across healthcare for strategic advice and transactions.