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.

Achievements

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

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 10 Stories on the Global Pandemic and its Impact on Recruiting

For an industry that is all too familiar with the reality of economic downturns, confronting the COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other crisis in memory. Executive recruiting leaders say they have no idea this time around how extensive or long lasting the damage will be, never mind when business will return to normal. A

How to Become a Great Pandemic Era Leader

What does it look like to lead in a pandemic era, with COVID-19 raging on, civil unrest all around, and a global shift in health, perspective, and politics? To answer this question, Comhar Partners’ Bernard Layton and J. James O’Malley spoke with leaders in a range of industries to share how their leadership has changed since the

Executive Recruiters Weigh in On a Biden Presidency

The election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the Presidency promises significant change in Washington, D.C. for the next four years. Many questions remain about whether the incoming administration will be able to achieve its agenda, for better or worse, depending on one’s outlook – and the results of two Senate races still to be

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

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

Multimedia

Talent Talk's Podcasts

Recruiting Private Equity Leaders During A Pandemic

In this brand new episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ Hunt Scanlon Media host Rob Adams is joined by Bernard Layton and James O’Malley, managing directors of Comhar Partners. In this podcast, Mr. Layton and Mr. O’Malley discuss the importance of reevaluating leaders in the pandemic era. They also examine the skillsets they seek when recruiting PE