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Bernard Layton

Managing Director

Bernard has 22 years of experience in the executive search business. He began his career at a national firm and, as Partner and Division President, started the Chicago operation for the organization. In 1992, Bernard founded Morgan International, Inc. and subsequently Nicholas Partners, which rebranded as Peoplenext in October 2004. As of July 2008, Peoplenext became Stanton Chase Chicago.

Bernard has successfully performed more than 750 searches spanning a wide range of senior and mid-management positions such as Presidents, Chief Executive Officers, Partner and Senior Vice Presidents across a number of industries, with particular expertise in Engineering, Construction, Management Consulting, Consumer Products, Industrial and Financial Services.

Bernard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.

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60606 Chicago, Illinois
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Phone: +1-312-724-4000

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The Stanton Chase Team

The Stanton Chase team includes partners, directors, consultants, researchers, and administrators in countries around the globe. Our service model in retained executive search, assessment, and recruitment remain unparalleled in the industry, as we provide sophisticated, in-depth, global coverage with the personal services like that of a boutique firm. We are proud of our widespread executive search groups: our Global Industry Practice Groups feature members with expertise in every major industry while our Functional Practice Groups provide extraordinary competencies in our leadership consultation services.