Managing Consultant, Industrial Market

Nick Layton is a Managing Consultant within the Industrial Professional Search team. Nick is based in the Chicago office and is focused on senior level financial leadership positions. 

Nick Layton has 15 years of senior level retained Executive Search and Professional Recruiting experience within the Industrial Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology industries. Functionally, Nick focuses his time and talents on finance related positions in Private Equity backed portfolio businesses and fortune 1000 companies. A vast majority of Nick’s searches have been executed at the VP finance, Treasurer, Controller and CFO levels. He has also done finance searches related to Corporate Development, Risk Management, Procurement and FP&A. Nick Joined Korn Ferry in 2022 as a member of the Professional Search group with a focus on strengthening their Finance function.

Prior to Korn Ferry, Nick was a rising star for the sales team in Chicago as a Director in the Chicago office of Comhar Partners. Nick was also the leader of the Comhar execution team and helped oversee the research team in their name generation process. Nick has full search lifecycle experience having grown up in industry. 

Prior to Comhar Partners, Nick was a Director at Stanton Chase International. Over his 10 years in the Chicago office, Nick conducted over 350 searches. After continued successes, he was asked to execute for other office leaders across the Midwest. In 2018 he was invited to the Stanton Chase High Potential Program, along with only 5 others globally, that focused on very dynamic leaders of the next generation internally. Joining as a Data Researcher, Nick credits Stanton Chase and his colleagues globally, for teaching him the subtilty to quality executive search execution.

Prior to working at Stanton Chase, Nick was with People next where he developed a passion for helping facilitate his clients’ success through quality hiring as an intern during college. Nick received his degree from Lake Forest College where he studied International Business and played golf for the Foresters.