Peter J. Sweeney is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Came|Sweeney, and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. With more than 30 years of search and senior marketing experience, Mr. Sweeney has assisted a variety of publicly and privately held companies in recruiting executives to top-level general management and key line and staff positions.
His search practice includes an emphasis on several areas: industrial (both discrete manufacturing and process industries), private equity, business services and digital commerce and media. Among his clients are emerging and growth companies like Littelfuse, Glencoe Capital, Quirky, Duro Bag, Madison Capital and National Materials, as well as respected global leaders like Stora Enso, Navistar, Danaher, IDEX, and Tootsie Roll.
Mr. Sweeney began his career in executive search with another international firm where he was Executive Vice President and a member of the senior operating committee. More recently Mr. Sweeney was a Partner at Ray & Berndtson’s industrial products and services practice. Mr. Sweeney brings to his career in search, over 20 years of senior marketing experience coupled with significant assignments in operations and strategic planning at major North American paper manufacturers. Mr. Sweeney was Vice President, Sales–Corrugated Packaging at Domtar, Inc., a $2 billion forest products company, where he directed an 80-person sales group. Earlier at Domtar, Mr. Sweeney was Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Business Development of the Specialty Fine Paper Division where he authored the strategic plan and executed sales and marketing programs to turn around the division and return it to profitability. Before Domtar, at the Crosse Pointe Paper Division of Pentair, Inc., Mr. Sweeney chaired the product development effort and directed the Midwest, Canadian, and National Accounts sales efforts. Prior to Pentair, Mr. Sweeney directed the manufacturing operations at a $40 million division of James River Corporation after serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for two years where he sold out the mills’ entire capacity and delivered record profits as a result. Mr. Sweeney began his career in fine paper at Champion International where he excelled in several sales assignments and worked on the strategic planning staff. Mr. Sweeney’s career has provided a broad geographical exposure, including New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Richmond, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Chicago.