Clay Heskett new global leader of strategy firm L.E.K. Consulting

01 October 2021 2 min. read
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After nearly ten years at the helm of L.E.K. Consulting, Stuart Jackson is passing on the baton to Europe-based partner Clay Heskett.

Stuart Jackson was installed in the role in 2013, succeeding company founder Iain Evans. Under his stewardship, L.E.K. Consulting nearly doubled in size, from 900 consultants and staff when Jackson took the reins to more than 1,600 professionals today. L.E.K. Consulting currently has 20 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. 

The new global managing partner, Clay Heskett, has been tasked with continuing the firm’s growth track and leading the firm to its $1 billion revenue target.

Clay Heskett, Global Managing Partner, LEK Consulting

“The pandemic underlined the importance of the strategic advice that L.E.K. Consulting delivers to business leaders. With change, disruption and uncertainty at a heightened pace, we are in greater demand than ever, around the globe, by leaders who need to make the right calls about seizing value, pursuing transactions and creating opportunities that others haven’t recognised or acted upon,” said Jackson.

“Given this backdrop, I have no doubt that our growth and relevance will expand even more in the next 10 years,” Jackson added. 

Heskett has been with L.E.K. Consulting since 2005, when he joined the consulting firm from Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that, he worked in technology development for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Most recently at L.E.K. Consulting, the Harvard MBA holder served as Head of L.E.K. Consulting’s European Life Sciences practice and Head of its Europe region. 

On his new challenge, Heskett said: “I am beyond honoured to have been elected to the Global Managing Partner role. I will step into it with enthusiasm and confidence – because I know that what makes L.E.K. Consulting uniquely able to serve clients is our people, who are among the best in our industry.”

“In addition, I am excited about the growth and challenges ahead for L.E.K. Armed with our superb and always-evolving strategy and analytic capabilities, and with our commitment to constant improvement in terms of tools and talent, we will be able to serve even more business leaders, in more places, and show them how valuable our guidance can be,” Heskett added. 

Stuart Jackson – a near lifelong company member (he joined the firm in 1984 following four years with BAE Systems) – will meanwhile remain with L.E.K. Consulting as a partner. He advises companies of all sizes, from high-tech startups to Fortune 500 corporations, in medtech, healthcare, consumer products, private equity, and other industries.