Richard "Rick" Slayton
Company Info: Slayton Search Partners
Web site: www.slaytonsearch.com
Address: 200 West Madison St., Suite 2800, Chicago, Ill. 60606
Advice: Don't rush and choose wisely. Many emerging leaders push to get to the next promotion, sometimes not living with the decisions of their previous position. Many bright careers have been extinguished when an executive puts a promotion in front of learning or doesn't fully consider the caliber of the organization they are joining.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Executives who have led through gut-wrenching change. These are situations that test the executive both professionally and personally.
Sector specialization: Consumer products, financial services, industrial products
Job function specialization: General management, supply chain, research and development, finance
Geographical Focus: North America
Companies I often recruit for: Campbell Soup, Dean Foods, USAA, Acco Brands, Terex
Favorite historical figure: Henry Ford. He was a transformational leader.
Education: Lehigh Univ., MBA, 1990; Univ. of Michigan, BA, Economics, 1987
Employment history: Slayton Search Partners (formerly Slayton International): President, 1998 to present; Vice-President/COO, 1997-98; Vice-President, 1996-97; Associate, 1990-96; Bethlehem Steel, Analyst, 1987-90
Other interests: Skiing, cycling, complicated watches
Professional/Membership Affiliations: Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
Experience in executive search consulting: 18 years
High Profile Placement: N/A
Other paths I might have pursued: Strategy consulting
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: The different work styles between the retiring baby boomers, Generation Y, and the Millennials.