Fred Clayton


As co-founder of Berkhemer Clayton, Inc. in 1994 and CEO until 2017, Fred has served client companies in most industries by managing searches in finance and accounting, investor relations, corporate communications, marketing, and general management.

After spending seven years in commercial banking, the balance of his career has been in retained executive search, first at Price Waterhouse where at 29 years of age he launched and grew a Los Angeles Executive Search and Human Resource Consulting practice into a western U.S. presence, which included consultants in Newport Beach, San Diego, San Francisco and Denver. He was then a partner in an international retained executive search firm that was acquired.

A University of Southern California graduate, Fred earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School and completed an Advanced Professional Development program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Fred currently is a Pacific Southwest Chapter Board Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Chairman of the Caltech Y Board of Directors. He previously served as Advisory Board Member, 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field; Vice President, National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), Los Angeles Chapter; Chairman, INROADS / Southern California; President, The Paralysis Project of America; and, Vice Chairman, March of Dimes – Southern California.

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