Josh Slayton, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Research and Innovation
Josh Slayton is the senior vice president of business development, research and innovation for ECMC Group. In this role, Mr. Slayton provides strategic vision and operational leadership to ECMC Group on future business opportunities, offering insight into the competitive dynamics within global education services; exploring strategic alternatives through research, testing and financial modeling; and ultimately, partnering with operations for successful implementation. Mr. Slayton is also responsible for facilitating the strategic planning process to ensure long-term growth and profitability, monitoring education trends through research, testing ideas for validity and conducting financial feasibility studies. He also evaluates acquisitions/divestitures, licensing opportunities and strategic business alliances that align with ECMC Group's long-range goals.
Prior to joining ECMC Group in 2018, Mr. Slayton was chief operating officer for LMPS Holdings, the successor holding company for Meritas, LLC, a network of for-profit, private K-12 schools. In this and preceding finance, strategy and operating roles, Josh oversaw development of operating and strategic plans for the schools and company and was an integral part of the $582.5 million sale to Nord Anglia Education in 2015. He also led the $290 million dividend recap in 2014 and a $245 million refinancing in 2013.
Prior to joining Meritas, Mr. Slayton was in corporate restructuring for FTI Consulting, working as a financial advisor on large corporate bankruptcies, including Delphi and Hartmarx. He started his career with Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services, underwriting and servicing a portfolio of small business loans.
Mr. Slayton has a master of business administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a bachelor of business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.