W. Lynton Edwards III

Managing Partner

W. Lynton “Lyn” Edwards III

W. Lynton Edwards III

W. Lynton Edwards III

Mr. Edwards is the founder and a Managing Partner of Edwards Executive Search.

Mr. Edwards is a diversified business leader. He has run companies, started companies, bought companies, merged/integrated companies and sold companies. Mr. Edwards has served as a Director/Trustee for numerous civic and business, both privately-held and publicly-traded, organizations.

After receiving his MBA from Washington University’s Olin Graduate School of Business, he spent the first fifteen years of his career managing consumer product business units for major corporations such as General Mills, Pillsbury and INTERCO.

In 1988, Mr. Edwards led a group of partners in the acquisition of The Ansehl Company from Weyerhaeuser. Ansehl was a leading manufacturer/marketer of private label topical health and beauty care products sold through mass merchandisers, chain drug stores and supermarkets. Mr. Edwards was President/CEO of Ansehl until December, 2000 when he sold the Company to a strategic buyer. During his tenure as CEO he made several strategic add-on acquisitions and consolidated these businesses into one centralized operation significantly growing the size of the Company.

Since the sale of Ansehl, Mr. Edwards has focused his business activities primarily on the sourcing and optimization of human capital. In 2002, he joined a top 5 retained executive search firm as an Executive Vice President. There he specialized in locating top management i.e. C-level, for companies from $50 million to $5 billion in revenue. He has placed CEO’s, CFO’s, General Counsel’s, VP’s Sales/Marketing, VP’s Operations and Crisis Managers, among others.

In early 2003, Mr. Edwards started his own retained executive search firm, Edwards Executive Search continuing to successfully serve a national client base in sourcing C-level and other key executives.

He is the developer of several executive search processes utilized by his firm to select the optimal match for its clients, not just technically, but personally and culturally as well. To further demonstrate his commitment to his clients’ success, he also has developed and performs a free personalized integration-into-client mentoring program for the executives placed by the firm.

At the request of several of his clients, he has developed and employs a process that will objectively evaluate executives under consideration for promotion and/or client-sourced candidates under consideration for employment. This executive evaluation process combines the objectivity of validated executive assessment tools within the context of the experience and judgment of a seasoned former CEO business leader.

Mr. Edwards has been trained as a Master Career Coach at The Career Coach Institute, and is certified in the application/interpretation of several leading executive selection and development assessment tools.

As a former CEO and multi-company Director, Mr. Edwards’ business background is somewhat unique for an executive search consultant. He understands, and has experienced the value of effective executive talent and conversely the cost and disruption of executive turnover and/or underperformance. And as a practitioner, not just a consultant, he has successfully built and motivated  executive teams.

Prior to Washington University, Mr. Edwards graduated from Colgate University. He also attended Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Program as a Danforth Fellow; and he is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis.

W. Lynton Edwards III
800-453-2570 Ext 701
wle@edwards-search.com