John is the Managing Director and COO of Slayton Search Partners and brings more than 20 years of experience in the retained executive search industry, all with Slayton. John leads the Industrial Practice and works closely with manufacturing and distribution clients for large and mid-cap public, private, and private equity-backed portfolio companies. Throughout his extensive search career, John has successfully recruited top leadership talent across the entire executive suite, including P&L leaders and heads of Human Resources, Finance, Strategy, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Research & Development, Information Technology, and Sales and Marketing.


In addition to providing sound advice and counsel to his own clients on their critical executive hiring needs, John also manages the firm’s internal execution team, which includes administration, research, and candidate development. With a keen eye on process, John and the candidate delivery team ensure that the quality of execution stands ahead of industry standards. With the goal of striving for flawlessness, the execution team has helped solidify Slayton Search Partners as one of the most respected “super boutiques” in the country.


Prior to joining Slayton, John served as a Human Resources Manager for a mid-size manufacturing company in Chicago. Before that, he was a Human Resources representative for a large medical products and services company, and for a mid-size distribution company. While his Human Resources experience was generalist in nature, his primary focus was on the recruitment of mid- and senior-level executives. Suffice to say, recruiting top talent has been the central theme throughout John’s successful career.


Professional Activities

  • The Executives’ Club of Chicago, Member
  • Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, former Board Member
  • Society for Human Resources Management, Member
  • Miami University Chicago Alumni Chapter, Networking Committee, former Chairman


  • Masters of Business Administration, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Sociology, Miami University, Ohio