Joseph Sponholz joins L.E.K. Consulting as partner in Sydney

04 February 2019 3 min. read
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Joseph Sponholz has joined L.E.K. Consulting as a partner in the firm’s Organisation & Performance practice, based in the Sydney office.

“We are delighted to welcome Joseph to L.E.K’s Sydney office,” said Nicholas Holder, who leads L.E.K. Consulting’s Asia Pacific region. Headquartered in the UK, where the consultancy was founded in 1983, L.E.K. Consulting has 21 offices globally, of which eight are in Asia Pacific. The firm’s Australian arm operates from locales in Melbourne and Sydney. 

Sponholz brings more than two decades of experience to the firm, including roughly a decade in professional services. After working for two law firms – Sponholz holds a doctorate in Law – he joined Mitchell Madison Group, a consulting firm that launched in 1994 following a management buy-out of 120 professionals from A.T. Kearney in 1994, as a result of the firm’s sale to IT conglomerate EDS. Sponholz then worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton as a management consultant, and most recently he worked five years at international consultancy Partners in Performance. From the firm’s base in Sydney, he was a principal, leading a team of managers and consultants delivering business improvements across industries.

Joseph Sponholz, Partner, L.E.K. Consulting

In between his consulting roles, Sponholz was Chief Operating Officer at RF Capital (the family office of property and investment tycoon Andrew Roberts), Director at industrials company Textron and Vice President at Keystone Automotive Operations. He moved to Australia from the US in 2012, and has since been working and living in the Sydney region.

Across his career, Sponholz has built a track record delivering financial, market and operational results across a broad spectrum of business and industries including industrials, transport, consumer and sport management in Australia, Asia Pacific, the United States and Europe. He specialises in organisational strategy and performance improvement. “Joe’s arrival strengthens our Organisation & Performance practice, increasing our capability to deliver impact for clients in the region on top of our established strategic offerings,” said Holder. 

Alongside his consulting work, Sponholz is an author. He previously penned two books – ‘The College Companion’ and ‘The Student Athlete’s Guide To Winning Athletic Scholarships’ – and is currently working on his third book ‘Improve for Business’ to be published later this year.

The news comes one month after L.E.K. Consulting promoted Philip Wheeler to its partner team in Australia, based in Melbourne. The firm’s Australian business is led by Holder, who reports into Stuart Jackson, the firm’s global boss. 

According to a recent analysis by L.E.K. Consulting in collaboration with EY Sweeney, commissioned by HiPages, Australia's $73 billion residential tradie economy is up for digital disruption. 

Related: L.E.K. Consulting named a top 15 strategy consulting firm in Asia-Pacific.