September 2021 | Award

West Monroe’s Kirsten Lentz and Ken Goebel announced as winners of the M&A Advisor's 12th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

West Monroe’s Kirsten Lentz and Ken Goebel announced as winners of the M&A Advisor's 12th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

West Monroe, a national business and technology consulting firm, is honored to have two members of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice, Kirsten Lentz and Ken Goebel, recognized as winners of the M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Award. Lentz and Goebel, both senior managers in West Monroe’s M&A practice, have been selected for their noteworthy business accomplishments and community involvement from a pool of hundreds of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

The M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award

“Kirsten and Ken both oversee some of the most challenging and complex transactions while continuing to drive value for our clients with their industry and M&A experience and knowledge,” said Matt Sondag, managing partner and leader of West Monroe’s M&A practice.

In addition to advising on over one-hundreds deals, they are both exemplary leaders for the firm and the community, and truly understand the importance of developing the next generation of leaders.


Kirsten’s expertise in carveout and merger integration experience helps her clients navigate complex transactions, including leading a carve-out to integration that won M&A Advisor’s Deal of the Year award in 2019. She also started West Monroe’s Women in M&A Initiative to focus on increasing the representation of women on the team, which has grown by over 50%. 

Ken leads the M&A practice in the San Francisco office and contributes to the strategic growth and direction in his local market, all while leading dozens of transactions valued over $10 billion in 2020. He is on the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope Colorado, helping diverse, high-achieving students in need, prepare for college and careers.  

Launched in 2010 as the "40 Under 40 Awards", The M&A Advisor's Emerging Leaders Awards is renowned globally for recognizing great achievements and leadership among mergers and acquisitions, financing, and turnaround professionals. The M&A Advisor created the program to honor the significant contributions of accomplished, future leaders in a robust industry of dealmakers, promote mentorship and professional development of these individuals, and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to progress in the industry. Evaluation of the nominees and selection of the winners was completed by prominent members and experts in the M&A, finance, and turnaround community.

The awards will be presented at the 2021 Future of Dealmaking Summit in New York City on Wednesday, October 20.

To view the complete list of this year’s winners, click here.

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