Slayton Search Partners Expands Offering in Industrial and Consumer Sectors

September 7, 2018 – Chicago-based executive search firm Slayton Search Partners has expanded with the addition of John Ratliff as a vice president and principal to focus on engagements in the industrial and consumer sectors.

Mr. Ratliff joins Slayton from Stanton Chase International, where he developed and executed search work across multiple industries. His accomplishments in managing search execution for both mid-level and senior-level roles position him for success at Slayton. Mr. Ratliff began his career in logistics, where he was responsible for strategically growing market share.

“We’re delighted to add John to the Slayton team,” said Richard Slayton, managing partner and CEO at Slayton. “His experience in retained search across many industries is invaluable to our model of excellence. The business landscape continues to shift and evolve, and we look forward to leveraging John’s expertise to address our clients’ challenges and enhance our market presence.”

Mr. Ratliff said he was excited to join Slayton. “It is a firm I have admired for its longevity as well as its reputation for high quality search work for both large, global organizations as well as mid-market/PE and closely held businesses,” he said. “I look forward to being part of the growth of the firm as it approaches its 40th anniversary.”


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Established in 1985, Slayton focuses on finding executive talent in the following industries: consumer, retail, financial services, insurance, industrial and private equity. The firm notes 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 has impacted all industries, said the search firm, and that the need for strong executive talent is far-reaching.

Recent Activity

Slayton recently announced the promotion of Molly Hull to senior vice president and principal. She joined the Slayton team in 2008, progressing through increasing levels of responsibility and consistently demonstrating her ability to understand the industry. Prior to Slayton, she was with Spencer Stuart.

Ms. Hull’s contribution to searches across the manufacturing, industrial, consumer and financial services industries have been highly valuable for the firm. Her experience at Slayton spans a broad spectrum of functional disciplines, including general management, sales and marketing, finance, information technology, and supply chain among others.


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“Molly has proven to be an extremely valuable member of our team,” comments John Nimesheim, managing director at Slayton. “Her leadership, guidance, and ability to successfully execute searches and build strong relationships with candidates are only a few of the many qualities Molly demonstrates day in and day out. We look forward to many great things for Molly.”

Last year, Slayton added Mike Greco as vice president and principal. Mr. Greco has more than 10 years of experience in the retained executive search industry. His work spans multiple discipline areas within the manufacturing industry, with a specialty focus on the finance function across all industries. Prior to joining Slayton, he gained significant executive search experience at Crist|Kolder Associates and Korn Ferry.

“Mike’s background in executive search across many disciplines and industries is invaluable as we seek to deliver consistently excellent service,” said Mr. Slayton. “As our clients continue to experience the challenges of an evolving business landscape, we plan to leverage Mike’s experience and insight to enhance our presence in the market.”

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

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