Slayton Search Partners Announces Promotion

February 12, 2020 – Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners has promoted Charles Southwick to the position of senior vice president and principal. He will be expanding his efforts, continuing to develop impactful client relationships and recruit key leaders in sectors such as food and beverage, manufacturing, retail, technology and more.

“Through his ability to achieve tangible results for clients and contribute to the Slayton culture, Charles has proven himself more than capable of fulfilling the duties of a senior role on our team,” said Richard Slayton, managing partner and CEO of Slayton Search Partners. “He has a bright future ahead of him.”

Since joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Southwick has conducted C-level searches for many companies, including private equity backed and Fortune 500 organizations. He is known for providing clients with insightful and targeted analyses of candidates’ strengths and fits for search assignments. “Slayton clients consistently recognize his focused and efficient leadership approach to the search process, which makes a positive impact on company culture, revenue growth and bottom-line profits,” the firm said.

Prior to joining Slayton, Mr. Southwick worked for nearly 10 years with Miller Resource Group, where he executed searches while achieving international recognition. He held various positions including practice lead where he built the Chicagoland office’s consumer goods practice.

“Slayton is a well-respected leader in search, and it’s truly an honor to grow my career under this roof,” said Mr. Southwick. “The last six years have been some of the best of my professional life, and I look forward to many more together.”

Veteran Search Firm

Established in 1985, Slayton Search Partners focuses on finding executive talent in the following industries: consumer, retail, financial services, insurance, industrial and private equity. The firm said that its “network of industry leaders and influencers inevitably leads us to opportunities outside of our core practice areas.” Evolving markets, emerging technologies and changing consumer habits have impacted all industries, said the search firm, and that the need for strong executive talent is far-reaching.


Slayton Recruiter Discusses the Rise of Counteroffers 
The last thing any company official wants to hear is that one of their key executive leaders is resigning in favor of a better career opportunity. If the company is unprepared, making a counteroffer might seem like the only way to keep that executive and the best way to address the woes of a highly competitive candidate market. And they would hardly be alone in thinking so, according to a report just authored by Slayton Search Partners’ John Nimesheim.

“Although a thousand articles exist telling candidates not to accept counteroffers, the truth is we’ve seen a significant rise in counteroffers as well as the number of executive candidates who are willing to accept them,” said Mr. Nimesheim. “For companies looking to hire top talent, knowing how to ensure your candidates won’t be tempted by counteroffers is critical to successful executive hiring.”


There is a seismic shift occurring in the consumer-facing sector of the financial services industry. “While the exponential increase of digital and mobile technology is transforming services and products, financial institutions are also caught up in the growing demand for regulatory and risk management functions,” said Slayton Search Partners.

Slayton leverages its deep consumer expertise to build a wide network of executives to tackle these growing challenges and trends. Areas of expertise include banking, consumer finance, credit card and financial technology/payments.

Slayton recently appointed Stuart T. Smith as senior vice president and principal. He is a key member of the financial services practice, supporting commercial banking, private banking, wealth management and real estate partners. Mr. Smith has a track record of providing community and regional banks, real estate firms, REITs and private equity firms with senior management talent. Previously, Mr. Smith was a principal with Dallas-based search firm Chartwell Partners.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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