With more than 25 years of experience in the retained executive search industry, John Nimesheim serves as Managing Director & COO of Slayton Search Partners. He heads Slayton’s Industrial Practice working 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, Sales, and Marketing.


In addition to providing strategic guidance to his clients on critical executive hiring needs, John also manages the firm’s internal execution team, which includes administration, research, and candidate development. Prioritizing flawless execution, both in process and quality, John and the team have contributed to positioning Slayton Search Partners as one of the most respected firms in the country.


Prior to Slayton, in progressively responsible Human Resources management roles, John specialized in recruiting mid- and senior-level executives at a mid-size manufacturing company, a large medical products and services company, and a mid-sized distribution company.


John earned a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University, Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Miami University, Ohio.