Boston (March 11, 2019) – L.E.K. Consulting Principal Stephen Matthews and Engagement Manager Rachel Zepernick have been named Rising Stars of the Profession by Consulting magazine. A member of the firm’s Media & Entertainment and Technology practices, Matthews was recognized for client service and Zepernick, who is in the firm’s Industrials practice, for leadership.

“Stephen and Rachel have made a lasting impact on our firm. They consistently deliver superior work to our clients and receive excellent feedback from clients and staff alike. We congratulate them on this well-deserved accomplishment,” said Rob Rourke, President of L.E.K.’s America region.

Matthews joined L.E.K.’s London office in 2007 and relocated to the firm’s Los Angeles office in 2014 to focus on media, entertainment and technology. He is one of the firm’s experts on the disruptive effect of technology on traditional business models, and has worked on projects for companies in the newspaper, magazine, music, TV, digital streaming, advertising, gaming and virtual reality sectors, among others. He also actively mentors junior staff, leads professional development sessions and actively recruits talent for the firm. Matthews received a Master in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and was sponsored by L.E.K. to obtain an MBA from The Wharton School.

Based in New York, Zepernick works closely with clients in the industrials space, particularly those in the building products subsector, and regularly advises them on a range of issues from buy- and sell-side due diligence to growth strategy. She also serves as a mentor in L.E.K.’s Industrials practice and the broader New York office, is heavily involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts and is an active member of the Social Committee and Women’s Network, where she is a co-leader of a Women’s Network mentorship group. Zepernick holds Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Management and Spanish from Dickinson College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Both Matthews and Zepernick will be honored at a gala awards dinner on April 11, 2019, in Chicago.

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