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

Comhar Partners Expands Private Equity Practice Group

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has expanded with the addition of Joe Brennan ss managing director a senior member of the private equity practice group. “We are thrilled to welcome Joe to our growing team,” said Bernard Layton, managing director and chief executive officer of Comhar Partners. “Joe’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge will make him

Crisis Management: CFOs Confront New Layers of Risk in Pandemic Era

Perhaps the most important lesson that business leaders have learned from the pandemic is the importance of continuity planning in the C-suite, and beyond. In the crosshairs: Chief financial officers who are suddenly dealing with a vast array of new challenges, from cash flow, declining revenues, and employee health, to advising the CEO and board

Comhar Partners Appoints Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Comhar Partners has named Marion Spears Karr as managing director and leader of its healthcare and life sciences practice. He will be based in the firm’s Atlanta office. “We are excited that Marion brings a career in serving top organizations across multiple industries in the area of healthcare and life sciences,” said Bernard

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

Press Releases

Comhar Partners Announces the Promotion of Nick Layton to Principal

(Sept. 1, 2021) Comhar Partners, a recognized national leader in retained executive search and professional recruiting, has announced the promotion of Nick Layton. As Principal, he will serve as a leader on the execution team and manage client and business relationships for the Chicago and Denver offices. “Nick joined Comhar Partners almost two years ago

Comhar Partners Announces New Managing Director

(Aug. 2, 2021) Comhar Partners, a recognized national leader in retained executive search and professional recruiting, has announced the addition of Joe Brennan to their team. As Managing Director, Brennan will serve as a senior member of the Private Equity practice group for Comhar Partners. “We are thrilled to welcome Joe to our growing team.

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

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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