CHICAGO (December 14, 2021) – L.E.K. Consulting has elected Manny Picciola, a Managing Director and Partner at the global strategy consulting firm, as its Head of the Americas Region.

Picciola, who joined L.E.K. in 2008, is currently the Global Co-head of the firm’s Consumer sector and has directed more than 500 projects in corporate business-unit strategy, channel management, consumer segmentation, corporate turnaround and merger and acquisition support. He has led the L.E.K. Chicago office, built the firm’s food and beverage sector, and serves clients in the consumer products, private equity and business services industries.

“L.E.K. has been experiencing significant growth as business leaders increasingly turn to us for strategic counsel on critical decisions related to the especially fast and dramatic changes in the marketplace and consumer habits. Manny Picciola has been highly instrumental in enabling our teams to help companies and their leaders envision, influence and prepare for their futures,” said L.E.K. Global Managing Partner Clay Heskett.

“Manny’s election as Head of the Americas reflects his colleagues’ enthusiasm for his potential to help shape the evolution of the firm and our strategy offerings to better serve our clients as L.E.K.’s footprint in the Americas – and around the world – grows,” Heskett said.

Picciola succeeds Robert Rourke, an L.E.K. Managing Director and Partner who has completed his three-year term as Head of the Americas Region. Rourke has been named L.E.K. Vice-Chair, Global Industrials. “It has been an honor to serve as the Americas Region Head, and I am very excited about the future of the region under Manny’s careful stewardship – and excited about L.E.K.’s increasingly important role for companies and their leaders around the world,” said Rourke.

Said Picciola, “I’m honored and excited to have been elected to Head of the Americas Region. Because of our exceptionally committed and talented team members in the U.S., we are well positioned to maintain our track record of growth and expand upon the strategic insights we provide to clients. I’m especially grateful to Rob Rourke for the momentum he created during his highly successful tenure in this role.” 

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