About Us

The team at Comhar Partners is a recognized national leader in retained executive search, professional recruiting and talent advisory services. Comhar, derived from the Gaelic word meaning “collaboration,” was formed with the intention of providing recruiting expertise in deep partnership with the client in order to solve talent management challenges. Looking to differentiate ourselves as collaborative, flexible and transparent.

Comhar Partners was formed to have all of the capabilities of the larger firms while being more nimble and entrepreneurial in the marketplace; exhibited by our people, one firm approach and our service offerings.

Comhar Partners is headquartered in Chicago with specialized recruiting consultants based in six offices across the country.

Recent Assignments

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Flex RPO
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • On-Demand Recruiting
Industries
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Non-Profit
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Sports
  • Technology
Functions
  • Business Development
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations

News Briefings

Comhar Partners Appoints Professional Services Practice Managing Director

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has named Marc Detampel a managing director in its Chicago office. He will join co-founder and managing director J. James O’Malley in supporting the firm’s professional services practice as well as other industry segments. “We are excited that Marc brings a career in serving top organizations across multiple industries in the

Comhar Partners Names Sports, Higher Education, & Non-Profit Practice Leader

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has appointed former Chicago Bear defensive tackle Chris Zorich as leader of its newly launched sports management, higher education and non-profit recruiting practice. “Any Chicago area professional sports fan or Notre Dame alum will recognize Chris from his litany of accomplishments on and off the gridiron,” said Bernard Layton, a co-founder and

Virtual Recruitment: How to Hire From a Distance

Have you hired someone without ever meeting face-to-face? With COVID-19, businesses can’t recruit the same way they once did — but that doesn’t mean they can’t find the best candidates for the job now. In fact, Comhar Partners recently concluded an executive search that was conducted completely virtually using Zoom, the video conferencing tool, and

Comhar Partners Recruits CEO for Embrace Living Communities

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has placed Ralph Gaines as the new chief executive officer of Embrace Living Communities, an Oak Brook, IL-based non-profit which owns and operates housing communities for seniors and people with special housing needs in Illinois, Missouri and Florida. Managing director James O’Malley along with Bernard Layton and Nick Layton led the assignment

Press Releases

Comhar Partners Announces Professional Recruiting Capabilities

(May 18, 2020) Comhar Partners, a professional recruiting company that specializes in Executive Search, Professional Recruiting, and Talent Advisory Services, announced today that they are launching a new solution to help recruit middle management talent post-pandemic. This Professional Recruiting service is a product customized for companies that may not have an internal recruiting staff, but

Comhar Partners Places Vice President In Southern California For Freed Associates

Executive search firm Comhar Partners has placed Carla D’Angelo as Vice President in Southern California for Freed Associates. Karen Turrini and Paul Herrerias, Managing Directors in Comhar Partners’ San Francisco office, led the assignment. Freed Associates had plans to hire a business development executive for their Southern California location and recognized the many challenges that

New National Executive Recruiting Firm Enters The Marketplace

CHICAGO, Oct. 22, 2019 — The Chicago and San Francisco offices of a top 10 global executive search firm announced today their new independent firm, Comhar Partners. The team at Comhar Partners is a recognized national leader in retained Executive Search, Professional Recruiting and Talent Advisory Services. Comhar, derived from the Gaelic word meaning “collaboration”, was formed with the